That article is not accurate, but some of what it says is close enough to the truth. One of the reasons the OPV is used in the developing world is that the vaccine polio strain does spread to the unvaccinated, in a subclinical (or essentially unnoticable) infection. Apparently, that was not as effective in India as previously thought. And any time you use a live virus as vaccine, you stand the chance of reversion, or in polio's case, the ability to cause paralytic disease. OPV works, I can cite you case after case to that regard. On an individual level, it does not work nearly as well as IPV, and stands a small chance of actually causing paralysis. Your Yash Paul, who is not exactly an unbiased source, is actually a proponent of IPV for India, given the problems with the OPV. But. the. money. is. not. there. Hence my exhortation to BeckyBird to spend her money on IPV if vaccine-induced paralysis is a concern of hers. But clean water is a more pressing need as far as money goes.
1. There is no money for IPV treatment of Africa/India, the last reservoirs of polio.
2. IPV is more effective than OPV.
3. OPV works.
4. OPV has problems.
5. I could give a crap if you vaccinate your children. Don't bring first world issues into real third-world problems unless you are sure of yourself. Citing Yash Paul with no background indicates that you Googled "polio in developing countries" and posted whatever fit your preconceptions. He's a member of the IAP, and very smart, but he's an idealogue.
Wow, chill, mama. I was asking a question. I had read a couple of articles about the OPV/IPV and developing nations, I never said I was an expert. Hence, questions. You know, if there's a moratorium on gaining access to information and clarification, then I guess we'd better shut this forum down.
Hey, but thanks for showing me what that helpful community attitude is all about. Cool.