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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

Strategies to find and map every child can be applied to other public health initiatives. 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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