By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the polio situation in Ukraine, Ukrainian health officials report a polio case in a 12-year-old child from Transcarpathia.

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Health officials report during the epidemiological surveillance of cases of acute flaccid paralysis in Transcarpathia, a child suspected of polio was identified. Samples of biomaterials were sent to the reference laboratory of the World Health Organization in Helsinki, where they confirmed the infection with type 1 poliovirus. The infected child was not vaccinated. She is now in need of rehabilitation and rehabilitation and is under medical supervision.

According to the results of the detection of this case, an epidemiological investigation was conducted. No people the child were found to be infected with the poliovirus. They emphasize that the case of poliovirus infection detected in Ukraine earlier are not related.

The last time a polio case was reported in Transcarpathia was in  2015.

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The only way to protect a child from polio is vaccination. According to the National Vaccination Calendar , children are vaccinated against polio at 2, 4, 6, 18 months, 6 years and 14 years. Six doses of the vaccine are enough to form lifelong immunity.

Vaccinations can be given in public clinics free of charge. All regions are provided with high- quality effective vaccines in sufficient quantities. Despite that, the level of coverage of polio vaccinations remains insufficient.