polio vaccine illustrative 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas)
The Health Ministry announced on Friday it will offer the oral polio vaccine
only in tipat halav (well baby) centers after consulting with the private
logistics company Tefen.
The ministry had originally intended to offer
the vaccine in schools – to reach as many school-age children as possible – but
due to the High Holy Days, the number of days schools will be open in September
will only be 10. Tipat halav, which usually treats preschoolers, will be
operating on more days throughout the month.
The ministry also cited
tipat halav nurses as being more efficient than those in the School Health
Service, that many parents who are bringing their younger children to tipat
halav will also be able to bring their school-age children.
noon, 330,000 children around the country had received the oral vaccine, used to
combat the wild virus that has spread into various parts of the country but
without causing any people to contract the paralytic disease. Some 20,000 went
for the two-drop attenuated- virus vaccine also that day.
originally intended to vaccinate a million children born after January 1, 2004,
over a period of three months, but now it hopes to end the campaign earlier at
tipat halav centers, which will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. until the
beginning of the new school year on August 27.
After that, they will be
open during regular hours.