The Polio Panic: A Senior Pediatrician Explains How the Health System Is Prepared

Polio has continued to spread in Israel for the first time in eight years, and yesterday the Knesset Health Committee discussed the issue. This morning (Monday), Prof. Tzachi Grossman, chairman of the Association of Pediatrics, spoke with Nissim Mash’al and Anat Davidov On 103 FM.

“We are in a situation where there is a description of one girl in Jerusalem about a month or more ago who was diagnosed with polio. “In a paralysis so that the spread of the virus is much higher than that girl who unfortunately fell ill,” Prof. Grossman began.

He was later asked if there was a link between the outbreak and the corona: “It does not connect to the corona, the question is not why now. “Bursting.”

Tzachi Grossman (Photo: Noa Grossman)
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“This vaccine is a vaccine that requires high immunization coverage. Milk drop vaccines usually talk about vaccines that the immunization coverage should be 90 percent or more, meaning that 90 percent of Israeli children will be vaccinated against a certain disease – this ensures that the disease does not break out. In polio, a bad situation happens where the immune coverage is around 80 percent in no small part of the country, it is not good coverage. When national coverage drops to these numbers what happens is that the virus waits for the opportunity, it lives within us while still in control most of the years, but once every few years and remember what happened in 2013 again viruses were found in the sewers. “Fortunately, there was no clinical case then, but the virus does exist,” he added.

On the planned vaccination campaign, he said: “This should be a nationwide deployment, of children aged 0-17, because in our opinion this is the age group in which the virus is circulating. The child feels fine, but the dangerous virus is in his feces. “

Finally he referred to the public debate about vaccines: “It will probably start. In polio one of the reasons we are in trouble with this vaccine is that it is a vaccine with bad PR. Already they added it to the routine in 2013 against the background of the same sewer incident that happened then – we saw that there was opposition to accept it. “There are vaccines that have a bad name, which may not be needed, and today social networks know how to intensify fears and Pike News, so the situation is definitely very challenging.”

Assisted in the preparation of the article: Ofri Glichman, 103fm

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