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Daily Israel Report

Polio Virus Continuing to Spread

Samples of the polio virus found in northern Israel. Health Minister to parents: Vaccinate your children!
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/21/2013, 12:15 AM

Polio medication
Polio medication
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The polio virus is continuing to spread in Israel, and on Tuesday it was discovered in the sewage system of the Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in northern Israel, as well as in the sewage system of the city of Hadera.

Following the discovery, Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) once again called on all parents to vaccinate their children against the polio virus. She added that the spreading of the virus towards the north underscores the need for all children in the country to be vaccinated.

Tuesday was the third day of Israel’s national vaccination campaign against the spread of polio. On Sunday, some 30,000 children throughout the country were vaccinated. On Monday, an additional 40,000 children were vaccinated and another 48,000 received the vaccine on Tuesday.

Originally the campaign was restricted to southern Israel, but the Health Ministry decided to embark on the nationwide inoculation program after samples taken from around the country showed that the disease was showing up in more places in the center of the country.

Parents of children born on 1.1.2004 or are asked to bring their children to the nearest Tipat Halav child health clinic so that they may be given the oral polio vaccine.