March 2022: Ukraine’s polio vaccination comes to a halt

Ukraine’s ongoing polio vaccination campaign came to a halt at the end of February due to the Russian invasion of the country. Approximately 40,000 children ages 6 months to 6 years (out of a targeted 140,000) in Rivne and Zakarpattya received the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) shot in the three weeks before fighting began. As people flee the conflict—an estimated 3.7 million to neighboring countries and 6.5 million displaced internally—there is a concern that polio will travel with them. As of October 2021, only 53% of 1-year-olds were vaccinated for polio in Ukraine. Time; UNHCR

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