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POLIO FREE INDIA – 13 January 2014

More than 2.4 million volunteers vaccinate some 170 million children in India during every immunisation round

India is marking three years since its last reported polio case, a landmark in the global battle against the disease.

It is seen as confirmation of one of India’s biggest public health successes, achieved through a massive and sustained immunisation programme.

After the eradication of smallpox in 1980, polio is the second disease in India that has been eliminated through immunisation.

Nearly 2.3 million volunteers vaccinate some 170 million children under five years of age in India during every round of immunisation.

Source: BBC

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