The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 74, Issue 2, pp 153–160 | Cite as

Polio eradication in India: The way forward

Special Article


Despite remarkable decline in the number of poliomyelitis cases, the dream of polio eradication in India remains elusive. This is despite considerable effort and expenditure for well over a decade. Various reasons have been cited for this and interventions implemented accordingly. None of these seem to have borne fruit. It is appropriate to have a relook at the polio eradication strategies in order to learn from past errors and determine a feasible solution to achieve the goal. This article examines important tissues that hamper the eradication effort and proposes a way forward.

Key words

Poliomyelitis Eradication IPV OPV 



Ad hoc Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication


Adhoc Advisory Group on Polio Eradication


Advisory Committe on Polio Eradication


Acute flaccid paralysis


Circulating Vaccine derived poliovirus


Diphtheria-pertussis-tetaus-poliomyelitis (combination vaccine)


Good manufacturing practices


India Expert Advisory Group


Injectable polio vaccine


Monovalent OPV


National immunization Day(s)


National Malaria Eradication Programme


National Poliomyelitis Surveillance Project


Oral polio vaccine


Polio eradication


Poliovirus strain 2


Poliovirus strain 2


Poliovirus strain 3


Supplementary immunization activity


Sub-national immunization day(s)


Vaccine Associated Paralytic Poliomyelitis


World Health Organization


Wild Polio virus


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsMax HospitalPitampura, DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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