Centre slams rumours, says polio drops are safe

New Delhi

Rubbishing rumours being spread asking parents not to give polio drops to children up to 5 years as some virus has been found in them, the Union Health Ministry has cautioned the public not to give credence to them.

A release issued by the Ministry said rumours were being floated in response to some reports in sections of the media that bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine supplied by a particular company was found “not of standard quality.”

“Use of bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine manufactured by this particular manufacturer has been stopped in the [immunisation] programme. All the stocks of the said manufacturer have been withdrawn,” the release noted.

It said there are other manufacturers who have been providing the same vaccine.

The vaccine supplied by these have been tested and conform to all the recommended standards. In order to ensure that children receive safe and effective vaccines, the products from these manufacturers are being used under the programme.

“Polio vaccines are absolutely safe and have saved millions of children from the disabling effects of polio. All parents must get their children vaccinated against polio to provide them protection,” said the release.

India in consultation with WHO has taken all measures to ensure that all vaccines used under the programme are totally safe and effective, it said.

India is polio-free but since cases are still occurring in a few neighbouring countries, it needs to maintain population immunity, the release said.

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