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Centre considering injectable vaccine to curb cases of polio

Priyanka Vora, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 29, 2013
First Published: 10:34 IST(29/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:39 IST(29/7/2013)

With the emergence of vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV) cases in the country, the central government is considering the introduction of an injectable vaccine called inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which contains a strain of the virus that has been killed, along with the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

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Four VDPV cases have been reported in India so far this year.

Experts said that despite India being polio-free for more than two years now, children are getting infected with the poliovirus — the only difference is that the virus affecting them is vaccine derived, not wild (the one found in the environment).

Vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) are rare strains of poliovirus that have genetically mutated from the strain contained in the oral vaccine.

“The point of being polio-free is that there are zero polio cases in the community. You cannot have children getting infected with a vaccine-derived virus, hence it is better to have the IPV, which does not cause the disease,” said Dr Nitin Shah, paediatrician, PD Hinduja.

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