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Polio Vaccination Campaign, 9 - 13 May 2018

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Immunize your children under the age of 5 years against Polio and protect the whole community!

Specific messages:

1. Polio vaccination will be offered to all children under 5 years by health workers from 9th to 13th of May 2018. The vaccine will be offered house to house and in health facilities in Nairobi County. 

2. Polio is a very serious disease that can paralyze and even cause death. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines to prevent polio.

3. Polio  enters  the  body  through  water  or  food  that  has  been  contaminated  with infected stool.  Polio is spread very easily throughout communities. Every child is at risk, for this reason, all children under the age of five years must be vaccinated.

4. Polio disease may present with fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In some cases, the disease causes paralysis, which can be permanent. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by immunization.

5. All vaccines offered by the Ministry of Health are tested, safe and effective. The only way to protect children from this crippling and killer polio disease and other vaccine related diseases is by vaccinating our children each and every time.

6. Receive the polio vaccine during the campaign every time it is offered, and also make sure your child receives all the scheduled childhood vaccines at the health facility. 

7. Observe and report to the nearest health facility or health worker any sudden paralysis (weakness of arms or legs or both) in children under 15 years of age who have not been injured.

8. Members of public are requested that during the campaign period health workers after vaccinating children at home will mark the child’s finger and door.

9. After receiving Polio vaccination at home, health workers will mark the child’s finger and house door. This is crucial to ensure all children and houses are visited during the 5 day exercise. You are requested to report any child age less than 5 years who has not been vaccinated by checking for the finger mark during this campaign period. 



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