Ministry warns parents to take recommended polio immunization schedule

Because polio occurred and plagued some nations in Asia region, Vietnamese Ministry of Health yesterday warned parents to take their kids to medical clinics for recommended immunization schedule.

The Ministry also warned that the disease is fatal infectious disease in the list A. Polio is spread through person-to-person contact. When a child is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus enters his/her body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. It is then shed into the environment through the feces where it can spread rapidly through a community, especially in situations of poor hygiene and sanitation.

The risk of the entrance of the disease into Vietnam is as much as possible because the disease is plaguing in neighboring countries. 

According to the World Health Organization’s latest information, two more cases of polio have been recorded in Laos lately. Therefore, WHO warned nations having tourists who just returned from the disease-infected country to be alert.

Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to children and the ages at which they should ideally be given: 2 month old infants should take the first dose of polio following the suggested recommended immunization schedule. The second dose of polio should be taken when kids are 3 months old and the third should be when they are 4 month old.

By Nguyen Quoc – Translated by Anh Quan

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