Over 20 000 children were reported vaccinated against poliomyelitis in Sancti Spiritus, at the conclusion of the second phase of the 51st anti-polio vaccination campaign carried out throughout the island.
During this second phase, which lasted from April 20th to 28th, the vaccine was reactivated on children aged 30 days to two years, eleven months and 29 days, as well as on nine-year-old kids.
No serious adverse reactions were reported since the vaccine is quite innocuous and is only contraindicated in case of high fever, diarrhoea or vomiting.
No serious adverse reactions were reported during the campaign since, according to the doctor responsible for the program in this territory, the vaccine is quite innocuous and is only contraindicated in case of high fever, diarrhoea or vomiting.
Immunization campaigns were first started in Cuba in 1962. Over 80 million free doses have since then been administered, thus every person under 64 is protected against poliomyelitis.
Cuban immunization program includes 11 vaccines, eight of which are produced in the island.
Besides poliomyelitis, other infectious diseases like malaria, rubella, whooping cough, neonatal tetanus, diphtheria, measles, the congenital rubella syndrome and post-parotitis meningoencephalitis, have been eradicated in Cuba.