Ministry of Health announcement on polio in Israel

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 Ministry of Health announcement about polio in Israel

The Ministry of Health announces the detection of the second type of polio virus in the sewers in the area of ​​Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

This was announced by Shira Solomon, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health.
This strain is different from the outbreak that has been up until now (which was caused by a type 3 strain) and led to a vaccination campaign. The strains in the Jerusalem area are similar to those found recently in the world — in New York and London. In New York, a clinical case of paralysis was also diagnosed in a 20-year-old unvaccinated man. The most important means of protecting children from paralysis is the injectable polio vaccine – IPV. Thanks to the vaccination campaign “2 drops 2022” IPV coverage for children aged 6 weeks to 18 months increased from 81% to 99% nationwide. Also, coverage with bOPV (live attenuated vaccine drops) aged 10 weeks to 1.5 years nationwide increased from 51% at the start of the campaign to 86%. At the moment, there are no new cases of infection. At this time, it is very important to continue to ensure that every child receives the IPV vaccine. In order to reach all children in Jerusalem, a universal vaccination plan was developed with the municipality. Additional programs are being developed with local authorities where immunization coverage is insufficient. The Ministry of Health continues to actively monitor cases and environmental samples. Poliomyelitis – it is a virus that causes paralysis in children, eradicated in many countries of the world thanks to effective and safe vaccines known for decades. In 2022, no child in Israel should have polio. “We urge parents to continue to ensure that routine vaccinations are carried out in a timely manner to protect the health of children, because preventive medicine is always better than illness,” the message said.

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