August 18, 2013 -- The Health Ministry vaccinated some 30,000 children on Sunday, marking the first day in a battle to stymie a fast-spreading polio virus that has national and global health authorities concerned about an outbreak.
Some 1,000 Tipat Halav children’s clinics throughout the country began giving the oral vaccination to all children born after January 1, 2004. The vaccine contains a drastically weakened strain of the virus which will spread from the children and inoculate the population as a whole.
The ministry called the 30,000 vaccinated on the first day a “promising start that exceeds all expectations.”
The operation is expected to last 60 days and require approximately one million doses, which were ordered in recent weeks from the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline at a cost of approximately NIS 1 ($0.28) per dose.
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