Cuba: Close to 85 Million Doses of Anti-polio Vaccine Administered

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 23 (acn) From 26 February 1962 to date Cuba has administered almost 85 million doses of anti-polio vaccine, which confirms the country as the first in Latin America to eradicate the dreaded childhood disease.

This has made it possible that the entire population under 68 is protected against this illness, said in an exclusive interview with the Cuban News Agency Dr. Marlen Valcarcel, director of the National Immunization Program of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP).

Such an event of international significance in the health field established guidelines in mass campaigns in the national archipelago, starting from the free immunization for children under three years and their subsequent reactivation, protecting them against the poliovirus caused by this disease.

The specialist specified that in the second stage of the 55th National Anti-polio Vaccination Campaign, which will run from March 28 to April 3 in the country, the second dose of the oral vaccine will be administered to nearly half a million children, 372,856 of them under three years of age, who were given the first dose in February.

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