UNICEF supports polio vaccination for more than half a million children in Iran

09 March 2021
A child gets Polio vaccination
Ministry of Health and Medical Education in Iran
A child receives Polio vaccination in Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran

Based on a request of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, UNICEF shipped 1,185,880 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (mOPV2) to Iran for a targeted vaccination of 515,587 children across Sistan and Balouchistan province as well as certain areas of South Khorasan, Hormozgan and Kerman Provinces.

Due to their geographical proximity to countries with active polio cases, and the population movements, these areas are at risk.

While the Islamic Republic of Iran has been polio-free for more than 20 years - thanks to its successful national polio immunization - this particular type of oral polio vaccine is only recommended for use in certain areas of the above-mentioned provinces.

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