Polio immunization campaign under way in Kazakhstan

UNICEF Kazakhstan

A child is immunized during the campaign in Kazakhstan

1.8 million Kazakh children are to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis (polio) in a series of national immunization days this week. Dr Zhaksylyk Doskaliev, Minister of Health of Kazakhstan, launched the campaign on Monday, 6 September, targeting children aged up to 6 years. 

The Government of Kazakhstan procured over 2 million doses of vaccine (trivalent oral polio vaccine prequalified by WHO), and organized a communication campaign with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The WHO Country Office, Kazakhstan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported a national workshop in preparation for the campaign.

The immunization campaign involves more than 4500 vaccination teams, including over 1200 mobile teams. Children will be vaccinated at 6591 immunization points.