August 9, 2013 -- The Health Ministry decided over the weekend to offer oral polio vaccine to children up to the age of nine-and-a-halfyears starting on August 18 – and not to confine the current vaccination campaign to residents of the South.
The decision was taken by Health Minister Yael German, director-general Prof. Roni Gamzu and public health experts after the wild virus was found in sewage treatment plants in Lod and Ramle in the center of the not far from Tel Aviv.
Still, no one in Israel has contracted the actual paralytic disease, as over 98 percent of the country’s children had already been vaccinated with the injectable killed polio virus. The attenuated-virus contained in the oral vaccine protects others who have not been vaccinated – through the gastrointestinal system.
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