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[Correspondence] Polio vaccination in Pakistan

Syed Hussain and colleagues (April 18, p 1509)1 praised the Pakistani Government for arresting parents who refused poliovirus vaccination for their children, calling it a bold move to address the serious issue of polio in Pakistan. This statement gives the impression that parental refusal of child vaccination is the main reason for the failure of polio campaigns in Pakistan; however, this is not the case. Of 34·7 million children targeted for vaccination in March, 2015, only 33 695 (<1%) children were missed because of their parents’ refusal.