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To quash polio for good, immunization with both vaccines may be best
To quash polio for good, immunization with both vaccines may be best

Quashing the polio virus for good may take a belt-and-suspenders approach, a new study suggests. One in which children get not only a dose of the cheap and easy-to-administer oral vaccine, but at least one dose of the inactivated vaccine - the one developed by Jonas Salk that is predominantly used in developed countries. That finding, reported Thursday in Science Magazine, has prompted the World Health Organization to recommend that countries that exclusively administer oral polio vaccine to its infants and children ensure those children also get at least one dose of inactivated vaccine. Aided by war, malnutrition, superstition and mistrust of the medical establishment, the polio virus...

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