Kenya To Vaccinate Children Under Five Years

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Kenya is set to vaccinate children aged below five years against polio, announced the Ministry of Health.

The campaign will kick off on May 22 and run until May 26 for the first phase, and the second phase would be conducted on June 19-23.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the Ministry said the campaign targets about 3.4 million children from 13 counties: Garissa, Mandera, Isiolo, Wajir and Kitui.

Other counties include Tana River, Lamu, Machakos, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kajiado, Nairobi and Mombasa.

Parents and guardians have been urged to take their children to be vaccinated.

"Kindly ensure that every child under the age of 5 years in your community in the targeted counties is vaccinated during the campaign to expedite our journey towards a polio-free Kenya.

“Your contribution counts in making sure that we provide every child with quality, safe and effective vaccines,” said the Ministry.

The move to vaccinate children against the killer disease was instigated after the Ministry confirmed six polio cases in February from sewerage materials in Garissa, northeastern Kenya, and Mombasa in coastal Kenya, respectively.

Following the outbreak, the Ministry undertook a risk assessment and identified 13 counties as being at the highest risk and opted for emergency polio vaccination in targeted regions.

The campaign will be conducted in line with the global polio eradication initiative.

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