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June 14, 2010 - www.irinnews.org
"Vitamin A handouts boost polio vaccine acceptance"

IRIN reports how Helen Keller International’s successful vitamin A supplementation program in northern Nigeria is having the unexpected side-effect of increasing acceptance of polio immunizations within the region.

The polio vaccine has met resistance from some religious groups and traditional leaders, however, thanks in large part to general acceptance of vitamin A supplementation, which is distributed in order to prevent blindness and reduce child mortality, more parents are willing to bring their children to government immunizations and health days when both treatments are delivered at the same time. "Now almost every household brings its under-fives for polio immunization once it is accompanied by a Vitamin A supplement," local government immunization officer Mamman Isa told IRIN.

 

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