By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the first polio case (circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 -cVDPV1) in Malaysia in more than a quarter century, the Sabah Polio Immunization Campaign 2019/2020 (KIPS) will commence in Tuaran District and will be extended throughout Sabah in phases. The target of KIPS 2019/20 is for children under 5 given two doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) immunization by June 2020. The interval between the first dose and the second dose is four (4) weeks.

Several vaccine teams, involving 114 volunteers will be implementing KIPS 2019/20 starting December 27, 2019. The team is responsible for providing polio-related health information and ensuring parents and caregivers with children under 5 attend this program. to get polio immunization. House-to-house visits to provide OPV to eligible children will be undertaken in phases to ensure no children have polio immunization.

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The oral polio vaccine is safe and can provide immunity (protection) to children against polio infection. When OPV immunization coverage exceeds 95%, it creates a group immunity that reduces the risk of polio virus transmission.

The Ministry of Health hopes that parents will provide cooperation and support to KIPS 2019/20 by allowing their children to receive two (2) doses of OPV immunization. Only immunization can protect children from polio virus and prevent them from permanent paralysis.

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