Polio cases rise in Nigeria as vaccine is shunned for fear of AIDSBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7351.1414/a (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1414
- Abiodun Raufu
Parents in northern Nigeria are refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis. They fear that the vaccine might contain HIV and make their children infertile.
People in the region believe that polio vaccine is a western ploy to curb population growth in Nigeria, despite efforts by community and religious leaders to allay fears. “Nigeria is one of …