Pulse Polio Program 2019

The government has launched the Pulse Polio Programme 2019. Under the programme, polio drops would be administered to children less than five years of age.

Pulse Polio Program 2019

  • As part of the Pulse Polio Program 2019 more than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be administered polio drops.
  • The pulse polio programme conducted every year aims to protect children from the polio disease by conducting two nationwide mass polio vaccination campaigns and two to three sub-national campaigns each year.
  • The pulse polio programme 2019 is aimed at sustaining the polio eradication from the country. India was declared polio-free country in the year 2014.
  • India’s last reported cases of wild polio were in West Bengal and Gujarat on 13 January 2011.

Further to provide additional protection to children Government has also introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine into its routine immunization program.

Polio

Polio also known as poliomyelitis is a highly contagious viral disease caused due to the attacks the nervous system and children younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus than any other group.
Poliovirus usually spreads from person to person through infected faecal matter entering the mouth. Poliovirus also spreads by food or water containing human faeces and less commonly from infected saliva.

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