Via Metro, a report by Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press: Trial combines oral, injectable polio vaccine. Excerpt:
A new report says the first ever trial where oral and injectable polio vaccine were given at the same time to try to quell an outbreak has produced encouraging results.
The vaccination campaign, in and around Somali refugee camps in Kenya, resulted in high vaccination coverage, despite concerns that it would be hard to reach a lot of the children who needed the vaccine.
Follow-up surveys suggest that nearly 93 per cent of children in the camps and almost 96 per cent of children in nearby communities received the combination of oral and injectable polio vaccine, known respectively as OPV and IPV.
One hitch, however, involved the children of nomads who live in the region.
Coverage among those children was quite low, around 34 per cent; many said later they didn’t know about the vaccination campaign or didn’t know where to bring their children to get vaccinated.
Still, as the global campaign spearheading polio eradication efforts gets ready to start using IPV more broadly in developing countries, the Kenyan experience provides a hopeful sign it can be a useful tool.
“People, even in the public health community, have been skeptical that you actually could reach very many children in a campaign with an injectable (polio) vaccine,” said Dr. Steven Wassilak, a point person with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s polio team.
Details of the campaign and its outcome were reported Thursday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a rapid publication journal published by the CDC.