World Health Organization Western Pacific Region

Celebrating a polio-free Western Pacific Region

A polio supplementary immunization activity in Papua New Guinea, 2012

Bringing the vaccine to where the people are

The world may be divided into distinct states, but the poliovirus has no respect for geopolitical borders. The only effective barriers to its movements are populations that have been thoroughly immunized. Eradication from the Region could be accomplished only by vaccinating children one by one following a well-planned and highly-organized plan. Immunizing a very high proportion of the population is necessary to ensure that the poliovirus is completely stamped out.

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