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National Immunization Day for the year 2015 observed on 18 January

Jan 19, 2015 15:56 IST

National Immunization Day for the year 2015 was observed on 18 January 2015. As a part of this, Children below 5 years of age were given polio drops as part of the government's drive to sustain polio eradication in India.

Earlier on 17 January 2015, President Pranab Mukherjee launched the Pulse Polio Programme for the year 2015 by administering polio drops to children in New Delhi.

Every year, India observes National Immunisation Day in January to mark the launch of pulse polio programme.
India has been implementing the Pulse Polio Programme since 1995. In India, the last case of wild polio was reported on 13 January 2011.

On 27 March 2014, India was certified as polio free country along with other 11 countries of South-East Asia Region of World Health Organisation (WHO). These countries were Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

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