More Than 23 Million Children to Get Polio Vaccine in Indonesia

bali-1083941_960_720Despite officially being polio free since 2014, Indonesia is doing another large push to vaccinate the country’s children during National Polio Immunization Week, which began earlier this week. During a news conference in Jakarta, Indonesian Health Minister Nila Moeloek said the country plans to immunize 23.7 million children, starting from newborn to 5 years of age, during the weeklong event. Because the country is home to the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia’s Ulema Council released an edict earlier this year stating that immunization is allowed in Islam, so long as the vaccine’s ingredients are made using halal sources.

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