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10 facts on polio eradication

A Nigerian health worker, a mother and a child. In the foreground is a sharps disposals box for measles vaccine and a cold box carrying oral polio vaccine.
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Polio-funded staff, strategies and resources are also used to advance other health initiatives such as routine immunization

Strategies to find and map every child can be applied to other public health initiatives such as routine immunization. While a vaccination team is in a remote village, they can, for little additional cost, provide other health interventions while they are there. For example, vitamin A has been given alongside polio campaigns. Since vitamin A gives a general boost to immunity, it allows children to fend off a range of infections, this has averted more than 1.5 million deaths.

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