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In Somalia, some parents say no to polio vaccine

Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is frustrating health workers.Full story

Polio vaccine workers targeted by extremists

  So far nine health workers have been murdered while walking door to door to deliver polio vaccines to children in need because some believe the immunizations are part of a U.S. plot. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

India’s battle to end polio

  In India, one of four countries where polio remains endemic, a flood of health workers are visiting millions of homes in hopes of inoculating 172 million children.

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