Polio

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Our Best Shot At Immunization Success: Winning Over The Community

While the government of India and its many partners deserve credit for making India polio free, the community also played a major role in this success. The long and arduous journey began with the critical challenge of getting the public to understand the importance and impact of vaccinating their children against polio. It is a reality that, even today, there are communities that do not recognize the benefits of immunization.
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Giving Our Children A Shot At Health

For India, World Immunisation Week (April 24-30) should be a time to take stock of a three-decade-long national immunisation programme and reflect on the challenges that prevent even the world's largest government-led immunisation scheme from reaching all its citizens. At present around 89 lakh children - one in every three children - don't receive all the vaccines available in the programme.