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Outbreak response: a package of guidelines and materials

These generic guidelines and materials are intended to be used in a rapid response to an outbreak of wild polio. They also serve as guidance for the development of materials adapted to specific countries or situations.

Guidelines

Investigating a polio outbreak or AFP case clustering [pdf 108kb]
 
Responding to a polio outbreak [pdf 644kb]
Based on experience from many countries, these guidelines provide the rules and recommendations on how to respond to a polio outbreak. They include guidance on how to organize an outbreak response vaccination campaign and how to carry out necessary surveillance. The guidelines also present a timeline indicating the key events that need to take place for a response campaign to happen within the required timeframe.

Global guidelines for independent monitoring of polio supplementary immunization activities [468kb]
This guide is aimed at polio eradication programme managers who are involved in the planning and operations of supplementary immunization activities (SIA). The guide explains how to establish a system of independent and credible monitoring of SIAs that will provide reliable and timely data to monitor progress and take corrective action.

Quick fixes for improving Supplementary Immunization Activities [pdf 183kb] 

Short Interval Additional Dose implementation guide [pdf 305kb]

Training manuals

Training manual for vaccinators [pdf 525kb]
This 15 page manual is intended to train vaccinators on how to conduct house-to-house immunization with oral polio vaccine.

Training manual for first line supervisors [pdf 208kb]
This training manual is intended to train supervisors on their critical role to achieve high quality vaccination campaigns.

Training manuals for National/Regional monitors [pdf 356kb]

Forms

Outbreak response forms [xls 67kb]
This collection of forms (in MS Excel) should be used in training and included in the outbreak response guidelines. The forms include tally sheets, check lists, household assessment and missed children forms. They can be adapted to specific national conditions.
 Guideline for completing budget template [xls 278kb]and SIA budget template [xls 122kb]

Fact sheet and QAs

Monovalent oral polio vaccines [pdf 200kb]
This fact sheet on the rationale, benefits and use of mOPV1 is aimed at informing health authorities at national and governorate level.

Questions and answers on monovalent oral polio vaccine types 1 and 3 (mOPV1 and 3) [pdf 189kb]
Aimed at health authorities at national and governorate level, this document provides answers to common questions on the use of mOPV1 and 3.

Checklists for mOPV1 or 3 distribution

Do’s and don’ts for mOPV1 or 3 distribution: for sub-district and health centre levels [pdf 482kb]
Practical hints are provided for mOPV1 storage and handling at the sub-district and health centre levels.

Do’s and don’ts for mOPV1 or 3 distribution: for regional stores [pdf 524kb]

Practical hints are provided for mOPV1 storage and handling at regional stores.

Presentation

Monovalent OPV types 1 and 3 [pdf 1004kb]
These 12 slides are for use in a presentation on the rationale, advantages and experiences of using monovalent oral polio vaccines. Because the experience in the use of monovalent OPV is expanding quickly, an updated presentation can be requested by contacting the polio team in Geneva.

CD-ROM

Please contact us for a CD-ROM containing this package of materials.

Technical sheets

Supplementary immunization activities (SIA) [pdf 552kb]
This technical document provides key information on good practices and lessons learned from experience in supplementary immunization against polio.

Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance [pdf 95kb]
This technical document provides key information on good practices and lessons learned from experience in case investigations and acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance review.

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