Three Polio Vaccination centres opened for Intl travellers
Three Vaccination Centres were opened in the city for International Travellers by Bangalore Urban District in Association with BBMP since the Union government has made it compulsory for vaccination and getting certificate before travelling abroad.
Though India has been certified as Polio Free by WHO, since polio virus continues to circulate in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, Syria, Ethiopia and Cameroon, there is a risk of importation of wild polio virus into India through travellers from these countries.
Hence, in order to minimize the risk polio virus importation in to India, the Government of India has decided that all travellers to or from these eight countries should receive one dose of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) before travel and that the vaccination should be taken at least 4 weeks prior to travel, according to a release here today.
To help the travellers from India to these eight countries, Bangalore Urban District in collaboration with BBMP have designated three polio vaccination centers, where OPV is administered and international vaccination certificate provided.
The travellers to above mentioned countries should receive a dose of OPV irrespective of their age or previous vaccination status at least 4 weeks before their departure. The certificate provided will be valid for a period of 1 year from the date of vaccination.
(Posted on 05-06-2014)