Notice – Change in administration of the Polio Vaccine

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The Ministry of Health is pleased to inform the general public, particularly parents and guardians, that effective December 16, 2015, the first dose of the polio vaccine will now be given via injection.

Previously, the polio vaccine was given orally via drops in the mouth, however, research has shown that the injectable form provides even greater protection.

As such, the health centres in St. Kitts will give the first dose of the polio vaccine as an injection at two months of age.  Following this, the oral vaccine will be given at four months and 6 months respectively, which is then followed by two boosters.

The Ministry of Health assures that the polio vaccines and other vaccines are safe and effective and will continue to be given free of charge.

For further information contact the health centre in your community or your private practitioner.

 

 

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