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By Prensa Latina
The Cuban Public Health system finalizes today details for the vaccination of 471,888 children in view of the 56th National Campaign of Oral Vaccination against Poliomyelitis that will begin next Monday.
The campaign to vaccinate that total of children, out of which 363,778 are children under 3 years of age, is divided in two stages, one from February 20th to 26th and another from April 17th to 23rd, said head of the Cuban vaccination program Lena Lopez in a press conference.
Meanwhile, 108,110 children until nine years old will take the second oral dosage in the second stage.
Lopez said that all vaccination sites in Cuba will be involved in the next campaign against poliomyelitis.
Adviser for the National program of Immunization Angel Galindo reiterated that before the victory of the Cuban Revolution poliomyelitis claimed the lives of many children, while nowadays there is not a single case of that disease.
According to the World Health Organization, poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease that mainly affects very young children, caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system and may cause paralysis in few hours.