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Global Health
February 20, 2013

Anti-Polio Campaign Reboot

JAMA. 2013;309(7):649. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1019

Pakistan has reinstated its polio vaccination efforts in the northwest area of the country, with tighter security measures to prevent attacks against health workers who provide the vaccinations (http://tinyurl.com/alladv9).

In December, deadly assaults on vaccination workers in Pakistan brought a halt to the country's polio immunizations efforts. In January, Pakistani police arrested several Taliban members suspected of carrying out the killings (http://tinyurl.com/awuk8fw). With paramilitary and police support for the workers, vaccination efforts have recommenced in Sindh province, with hopes of resuming the nationwide effort.