Endemic countries, Social mobilization, Vaccination campaigns
Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – September 2017
Update on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan for September 2017
The Afghanistan polio snapshot gives a monthly update on key information and activities of the polio eradication initiative in Afghanistan.
- No new cases wild of poliovirus were reported.
- Two new WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported in Kandahar province.
- National vaccination campaigns were carried out across all 34 provinces, aimed at reaching over 9.9 million children under 5 with oral polio vaccine OPV.
- Permanent transit teams successfully vaccinated 1,131,231 children against polio, and cross-border teams vaccinated 101,784 children.
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