Parents must get their children vaccinated against polio; Govt in consultation with WHO taken necessary measures to ensure safe and effective vaccination

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has rubbished the rumors of virus in polio drops. Ministry in its official communique clarified that rumour was spread in response to some reports in sections of media that bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine supplied by a particular company were found “not of standard quality”.

Use of bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine manufactured by particular manufacturer has been stopped and withdrawn, the Ministry clarified.

Communique further clarified that the Ministry is also taking the services of other bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine manufacturers whose vaccines have been tested and conform to all the recommended standards.

Ministry assured that polio vaccines are absolutely safe and have saved millions of children from disabling effects of polio and advised parents to get their children vaccinated against polio to provide protection against polio.

India continues to be polio-free since for past more than 7 years. However, since polio cases are still occurring in a few neighboring countries, India needs to maintain population immunity against polio to mitigate risk of importation. Government of India is providing Inactivated Polio Vaccine in addition to the bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine under its Universal Immunization Programme to provide double protection against polio. The Government of India in consultation with WHO has taken all measures to ensure that all vaccines used under the programme are totally safe and effective.

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