Lebanon in vaccination drive against polio spreading from Syria

(Reuters) – Lebanon launched a fourth round of polio immunisation on Friday, trying to prevent the disease spreading from neighboring Syria along with the tide of refugees fleeing the three-year conflict.

Protection against polio requires several vaccinations but aid workers are concerned that coverage in Lebanon has been falling off because parents were unaware of the need for multiple inoculation.

The announcement earlier this week that polio had been detected in Iraq, the first of Syria’s neighbors to be hit by the virus, has added to fears that it could spread further…