Nigeria Administers Polio Vaccines at Military Checkpoints

Photographer: Alyce Henson; Courtesy of Rotary International
Photographer: Alyce Henson; Courtesy of Rotary International

As a measure to help curb the spread of polio in eastern Nigeria, health officials have begun administering polio vaccines at military checkpoints in that part of the country. According to one official, approximately 80 children are being vaccinated each day at one of the checkpoints. The additional measures comes at the heels of several polio cases being reported in Nigeria, an African nation that had been declared polio-free in 2014. Officials site the hesitation of some parents allowing their children to get the life-saving vaccination as cause for administering immunizations at checkpoints. Those who don’t comply will not be allowed to reenter the state.

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