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New anti-polio campaign in Cuba on children from one month to 3 years

Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) From the next months of February to April, the 62nd National Oral Polio Vaccination Campaign will be carried out simultaneously throughout Cuba, the Ministry of Public Health reported today.

In this edition, all children above a month old in February 27 will be vaccinated, or those who have not reached three years old.

Everyone who is given the first dose in the first stage will be given the second dose in the second stage.

The first stage will take place between Monday, February 27 and Saturday, March 4, 2023, with a recovery week from March 6 to 11 for sick children, or who for another reason could not be vaccinated during the week of the campaign. .

The second stage will be carried out between Monday, April 24 and Saturday, April 29, coinciding with Vaccination Week in the Americas, with recovery between May 2 and 6.

Polio, or commonly called polio, is a highly contagious disease caused by the polio virus.

The vast majority of poliovirus infections cause no symptoms, but 5 to 10 out of 100 people infected with this virus may have some flu-like symptoms.

In one in 200 cases, the virus destroys parts of the nervous system, causing permanent paralysis in the legs or arms.

Although very rare, the virus can attack the parts of the brain that help with breathing, which can cause death.

According to statistics published by the Pan American Health Organization, the last case of polio in Cuba was reported in 1962.


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