WHO has asked the government to search all known vaccine cold chain storage points and conduct a physical check of state health facilities.

Ganga Das, 19 and pregnant for the first time, was determined enough to get her immunisation done at a Public Heath Centre (PHC) at Juri village of this block in Jharkhand's East Singhbhum district

This report aims to raise awareness about the role that the reform of public health laws can play in advancing the right to health and in creating the conditions for people to live healthy lives.

JAIPUR: Acute shortage of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) has come as a major setback for the state in its fight against polio.

The report addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income countries? And how have childhood immunization inequalities changed over the last 10 years?

The objective of the study was to investigate disparities in full immunization coverage across and within 86 low- and middle-income countries.

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Why is India firefighting tuberculosis without adequate data surveillance? (Editorial)

Global withdrawal of serotype-2 oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV2) took place in April 2016. This marked a milestone in global polio eradication and was a public health intervention of unprecedented scale, affecting 155 countries. Achieving high levels of serotype-2 population immunity before OPV2 withdrawal was critical to avoid subsequent outbreaks of serotype-2 vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPV2s).

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In 1988, the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed a historic resolution to eradicate polio by the year 2000, resulting in the creation of the largest public–private partnership for health—the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). When GPEI was launched, wild polio virus (WPV) was endemic in 125 countries and resulted annually in the paralysis of more than 350,000 people, mainly children. By 2000, the number of endemic countries had been reduced to 20, with the last WPV type 2 case occurring in 1999.

According to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, four out of 10 Indian children don’t receive full immunization during infancy thus making them vulnerable to immunodeficiency.

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