Pentavalent is a single-dose, easy-to-administer vaccine

As part of efforts to strengthen immunisation against the disease, the Federal Government has distributed new polio vaccine to the 36 states.

Yewande Adeshina, a Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, disclosed this while speaking at the Lagos/Ogun joint polio eradication campaign held in Ogijo, Ogun, on Saturday.

According to her, the new vaccine (Pentavalent), is an easy-to-administer drug, and its distribution would address the shortage of polio vaccine in the country.

“The vaccine will be in use across the country from next month,’’ Adeshina said.

Highlighting the advantages of Pentavalent over the traditional Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), she said the vaccine is administered once and for all on a child, noting that it would save parents the stress of immunising their children against polio at different times and thus reduce the risks associated with incomplete dosage.  

The special adviser commended the Federal Government for providing the vaccine.

Adeshina also used the opportunity to correct misconceptions that polio vaccines could cause paralysis in children, saying that the claims were not only false but also capable of undermined immunisation efforts.

“The polio vaccine on its own does not cause paralysis in children. It is not true. It will when the complete dose is not taken by the child,” she said.

“That is why we are appealing to parents to ensure that their children complete their doses. Fortunately, we now have the Pentavalent, which is given just once.”

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