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No eradication of polio without inactivated vaccine, says expert

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7418.769-b (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:769
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    India will have to abandon its traditional animosity to the inactivated injectible poliomyelitis vaccine to achieve complete eradication of polio, a leading public health expert has said.

    Although the oral polio vaccine used in India and other developing countries will eliminate the wild poliovirus, the oral vaccine could itself be a source of future outbreaks of polio, said Dr Thekekarra Jacob John, former head of clinical virology at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, in southern India.

    “The oral vaccine will continue to [release] vaccine derived poliovirus into the environment,” Dr John said at …

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