Karachi: President Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA) Center Prof Dr Iqbal Memon has said presence of polio virus in Pakistan is highly risky for children under five-year age group and they should be vaccinated additional doses of polio vaccine for complete prevention from the virus.
He told PPI that presence of polio virus in country needed special preventive measures and additional doses of polio vaccine for every child are vital to prevent further prevalence of polio virus. He suggested that minimum 15 doses of polio vaccine are necessary for every child less than five years of age for completely prevention of virus.
He explained that the children who had been given polio drops 5 to 10 times could be affected from virus as compared to those received polio vaccine 15 times. He said additional doses are necessary along with routine vaccination due to the frequent reporting of new cases in the country.
Dr Memon said peak season of polio virus would begin with monsoon rains and continue till November. He said polio virus spread with intensity during monsoon season. He said polio virus spread through excretion of affected child to others children via sanitation water.
He informed that a total of 67 cases had been reported across the country in 2014 out of which 05 were reported from Karachi so far.
He advised public to adopt preventive measures and administrate additional polio vaccine to their children for complete safety.
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