The High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a petition by an organization
that tried to stop the oral polio vaccination campaign.
called Izun Hozer Lehafatzat Hahaskala – which in the past fought to stop
fluoridation of the public water supply – was told by three court justices that
they didn’t have a leg to stand on in their petition.
Ministry, the court said, had done enough to prove the vaccinations were needed
to protect the whole population while at the same time posing negligible risk to
those up to the age of 10 receiving the two drops of vaccine.
voluntary organization asked the court to force the public health nurses who
give the drops to state that those vaccinated would be healthy without them, the
court said enough has been done to explain the subject to the
Only children who have already received the killed injectable
polio vaccine are allowed to receive the attenuated- virus oral vaccine. Those
who have received the shot cannot contract the paralytic vaccine; but those who
have not been vaccinated, or who cannot receive the vaccine because they have
weak immune system, will be protected indirectly by the destruction of the wild
virus and the development of antibodies in their bodies via contact with those
who received the drops.
More than 600,000 children around the country
have already received the vaccine.
The ministry aims at vaccinating a
total of a million children.
It launched the campaign on August 5 but
thought it would take three months to vaccinate all relevant children at tipat
halav (well-baby) centers. Fortunately, at this rate, it is expected to end
I will take some two months, however, to see
positive results from the oral vaccination campaign – a disappearance of the
wild virus from sewage-treatment plants around the country.
The cost of
the campaign, including the time of nurses, publicity and the vaccine itself, is
expected to reach NIS 20 million or more.
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