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Kenya Not Polio-Free. Just Yet

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On 6 April 2018, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratory notified the Ministry of Health (MoH) of a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in the sewage in Kamukunji sub-county, in Nairobi. This poliovirus was detected in an environmental sample collected on 21 March 2018 as part of routine surveillance activities by MoH.

As a result, MoH has further intensified surveillance activities to detect any circulation of poliovirus. The positive environmental sewage sample indicates circulation of the poliovirus in the community, which places everyone at risk of contracting polio.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines.

Polio can only be prevented by immunization. A safe and effective vaccine exists – the oral polio vaccine (OPV) and the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). OPV and IPV offer essential protection for children against polio.

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The Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF Kenya, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, will conduct a polio vaccination campaign in Nairobi County from 9 – 13 May 2018. The door to door campaign will target an estimated 800,000 children under the age of five years with the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

If you have a child aged below five years, ensure they get the polio vaccine, which is being offered from door to door, in health facilities, and in schools.

A child receives vaccination against polio at a UNICEF-supported health centre.

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