Under Polio Endgame Strategy (UPES) the Telangana State government has decided to introduce Inactivated Polio Virus Vaccine (IPV) injection in March next year.
In the third month of the infant, in addition to oral polio vaccine, the State government will also provide an Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), which will be administered in the form of an injection.
‘Telangana State has been maintaining Polio free status for eight years and combined use of oral polio vaccine and one dose of Inactivated Polio Virus Vaccine (IPV) injection would give best protection against polio.’
Dr G Srinivas Rao, Chief Program Officer, National Health Mission, Telangana State, said the IPV was very expensive and cost of 10 dose vial under Universal Immunization Program (UIP) is Rs 1500.
The IPV administration, scheduled to start from March, 2016, is part of the end-game strategy of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which had urged India and other developing countries to introduce IPV in its immunization program. The State and Central governments will be incurring an additional expenditure of Rs. 7.5 crore per year to administer the inactivated form of polio vaccine.
As many as 27,055 booths will be operated in all cities, towns, villages, habitations and in major transit places like bus stand, railway stations to cover nearly 43 lakh children in the age group of 0-5 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing technical expertise in the development of plans for IPV introduction at national and state levels.
While the State government has decided to implement IPV recently, pediatricians in their private practice have already adopted IPV in Hyderabad and elsewhere.