Polio is a major disease that affects the infants. India in association with various international health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) has been able to create awareness and fight against the disease. India is at this point of time declared Polio free, however, the fight continues with regular vaccinations and child health checkups.
Adherence is Must:
To achieve high levels of these protective antibodies it is important to get these vaccines as suggested in the immunization schedule. The first dose is given soon after birth. Subsequent doses are given at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks. Further booster doses are required to maintain high antibody levels.
India has been declared Polio Free by World Health Organisation on 27th March 2014. The last reported cases of Polio were from Gujarat and West Bengal in January 2011. In order to maintain polio-free status, it is important that all children below 5 years should be immunized. Pulse Polio Initiative aims to achieve this goal and therefore on Pulse Polio days all children below 5 years are given oral polio drops.