The Health Ministry on Sunday called on parents in Beersheba and Kiryat Gat to
get their children vaccinated with the oral polio vaccine, as tests showed that
the polio virus was still being found at sewage-treatment plants in these
Ipn other parts of the country where the virus has not been
detected, parents are going in larger percentages with their children up to the
age of 10 for the two drops of vaccine than in the southern locations. The
vaccination rate of the relevant ages has reached only 56 percent in Beersheba
and 62 percent in Kiryat Gat.
More than 600,000 of the country’s million
children targeted in the current campaign have been vaccinated since August 5.
While youngsters in all parts of the country should be vaccinated, those in
Kiryat Gat and Beersheba – which were among the first where the virus was
detected – should be taken for the drops immediately, the ministry
Not a single case of paralytic polio has occurred in either
children or adults, but healthy carriers can infect children who cannot or have
not been vaccinated as well as older people with weak immune systems.