Posted on 01/03/2009
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Polio Drop Vaccination
A child being administered a polio vaccine at Basantapur

Nepal yesterday administered a nationwide polio immunization campaign. Many polio vaccine centers were setup for easy access of polio drops to the general public.

There are a few basic things that everyone should know about polio:

  • Polio is a highly infectious viral disease through Poliomyelitis (polio).
  • Polio mainly affects children under five years of age.
  • Poliovirus is mainly passed through person-to-person contact.
  • There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented through immunization.
  • Until and unless polio is eradicated, the polio drop has to be given.

Poliomyelitis or simply “polio” is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system. Many infected people have no symptoms, but do excrete the virus in their faeces, hence transmitting infection to others.

Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. Polio can only be prevented by immunization.

Who is most at risk of polio?

Polio mainly affects children under five years of age. However, immune and or partially immune adults and children can still be infected with poliovirus and carry the virus for long enough to take the virus from one country to another, infecting close contacts and contaminating sanitation systems. This could facilitate transmission especially in countries where sanitation systems are sub-standard.

Polio Drop Vaccination
A child being administered a polio vaccine

How can polio be prevented?

There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. Full immunization will markedly reduce an individual’s risk of developing paralytic polio. Full immunization will protect most people, however individuals can still contract the disease due to the failure of some individuals to respond to the vaccine.

Though people from all corners of the globe has been fighting against the polio virus there has been cases which has let to few cases of polio cases in certain parts of the globe which includes Nepal as well. Reports say that there has been a few number of cases of polio in Nepal as well. So, Let us all work together and eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

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Comments

Deependra on 1 March, 2009 at 11:46 pm #

A good post! “Let us all work together and eradicate polio from the face of the earth”, well said!


shedLife on 28 April, 2009 at 8:34 am #

hi..tnx for this info..and thank u for visiting my site


shengy on 28 April, 2009 at 8:35 am #

hello..was here..


Awakening Entrepreneur on 30 April, 2009 at 4:26 am #

Hey good blog… appreciate it… got some insights about nepal..


nepalbound on 13 May, 2009 at 10:40 am #

Hey,
Thanks for the article. I’m in Nepal. Know where/when I could help volunteer to give immunization drops? I’ve worked with Rotary in India on polio immunization days.
Cheers


kumo on 14 May, 2009 at 4:49 am #

Nice post. It’s true that polio can be deadly but it seems that this is not the only disease the we all worried about. Swine flu is getting close to us. Perhaps it’s time to learn more about it and get ready.


istarblog on 20 May, 2009 at 4:46 am #

nice blog,xlink?


eden on 23 May, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

just dropping by to say hello. have a nice weekend


ukiblog on 27 May, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

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David Leonhardt on 30 August, 2009 at 2:50 am #

I thought polio had been eradicated, but I guess no disease is ever completely destroyed.


BlogTemplate20 on 31 August, 2009 at 1:53 am #

hope all human being especially children are safe from any disease..


health blogger on 1 October, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

Polio vaccine is important to prevent polio. Most of villagers people don’t know about it.


care health tips on 29 October, 2009 at 12:52 am #

good to hear many countries are more concern on immunization…


Rajesh Kanuri on 14 November, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

nice health awareness tips..


Nina on 16 November, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

I think it’s great that you’re promoting such an important cause. Keep up the great work :)

Peace.


rakesh on 14 January, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

nice article on Global fight against Polio. thanks for sharing


solanki on 14 January, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

it will sure help people to know more about polio strategy.


Tech Maish on 16 January, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

Nice post about health awareness.


ellen on 18 January, 2010 at 7:14 am #

was here to give you smile


Amina on 18 January, 2010 at 11:35 am #

Nice blog you got here.Are you from Nepal?Care to exlinks?


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