Endemic countries, Vaccination campaigns
Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – July 2017
Update on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan for July 2017
The Afghanistan polio snapshot gives a monthly update on key information and activities of the polio eradication initiative in Afghanistan.
July updates include:
- One new case of wild poliovirus was reported, bringing the total number of cases to 5 in 2017
- Vaccination campaigns were carried out across 28 provinces, aimed at reaching 6.5 million children under 5 with oral polio vaccine OPV
- Smaller campaigns aimed to reach 104,000 children with IPV & OPV in Kabul City and Khak-e-Safed district of Farah province, and 43,000 children with OPV in Paktika province
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