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World Polio Day 2023

World Polio Day 2023:

World Polio Day is celebrated every year on October 24 to create awareness around the importance of polio vaccination to protect children.

  • Polio is a very infectious illness that has been around since ancient times, is a life threatening and disabling disease that can spread from person to person and can cause paralysis or may cause weakness in arms or legs.
  • Polio virus can live in an infected a person’s throat and intestines and can be contracted by food and water in unhygienic conditions.
  • It can spread through a snooze or feces of an infected person.


Oral polio vaccine (OPV):

  • It produces antibodies in the blood to protect the individual against polio paralysis by preventing the spread of poliovirus to the nervous system.

Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV):

  • It is an injectable three dose vaccine and can be either administered alone or along with other vaccines (e.g., diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and haemophilus influenzae).