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The Polio Endgame

In 1988 the World Health Assembly initiated a global effort to eradicate poliovirus. Although there is still much distance to cover to eradicate the remaining wild polioviruses, recent progress has generated new confidence in the eradication effort. This article, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, argues that sustaining routine oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) immunization after the eradication of wild-type virus would present a greater risk to society and cost much more than eventual cessation of OPV immunization as a critical step in eradicating all polio disease.

Author: Aylward B, Yamada T

Published: 2011

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Citation: Aylward B, Yamada T. The Polio Endgame. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2011;364(24):2273-2275.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Polio

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Global