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Flawed immunisation policies in India led to polio paralysis

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7140.1261f (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1261
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Thousands of children across India may have been paralysed by poliomyelitis because of flawed immunisation policies, a leading paediatrician has said.

    The government pursued a polio immunisation policy advocated by the World Health Organisation which was unsuitable for Indian conditions, said Dr Thekkekara Jacob John, the president elect of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and former head of clinical virology at the Christian Medical College in Vellore. The flawed policies contributed to massive outbreaks of provocation poliomyelitis in children who received injections of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP …

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