What is Polio?

Polio is a highly contagious disease, usually affecting children from one to five years of age. Its primary symptoms include fever, stress, headache, vomiting and pain in the limbs. The disease can cause paralysis that is often, and still, untreatable. In late stages, polio can lead to death.

How is Polio transmitted?

Polio virus is transmitted through contaminated food and drink by the feces of an infected child to another due to poor hygiene. If a child is not immunized, the virus will multiply in the intestine, attack the nervous system and can cause complete paralysis in one limb within hours.

Does Polio affect children older than 5 years old?

It is very rare for a person to be affected by polio after the age of 5, so we vaccinate all children, from age 0-5 years.

Who needs the Polio vaccine?

For protection against polio, all children living in Egypt, should be vaccinated from the age of 0 to 5 years.

If I vaccinated my children who are under 5 years old several times before, is it safe for them to get vaccinations again during the national campaigns?

Yes, children must be vaccinated against the disease during all campaigns, and the additional doses are safe and do not harm the child, but in fact they increase the child’s immunity.

Is polio vaccination safe?

The Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
guarantee the quality and effectiveness of this vaccine.
The polio vaccine remains the best, safest and most effective way to immunize a child against polio.

Do my children need the routine vaccination even if they are vaccinated during the national campaign days?

Yes, polio vaccination during campaigns are not a substitute for the routine vaccination programme, but rather a powerful addition to it.

How can I make sure that the vaccination teams are employees of the Ministry of Health and Population?

The vaccination campaigns are reported in the media.
In addition to this, vaccination teams have identification cards accredited by the Ministry of Health and Population.

Is it better to get my children, who are under 5 years old, vaccinated at a private doctor, health offices or mobile teams?

It is important and necessary to get your children vaccinated during the national campaigns in all health units/offices or the mobile teams of MOHP because this vaccine is not found except in MOHP. Mobile teams are well trained, have fresh and well-preserved vaccination and they are carefully supervised by supervisors from MOHP. Health units/offices of MOHP are open during the campaign until 8 pm.