‘Panic over the potential side-effects caused by the polio vaccine continue to mount in various parts of the world, with the latest drama unfolding in India, after authorities arrested an 18-year-old man accused of spreading false rumors regarding the polio vaccine.
Parvez Ahmad Sheikh, a student from Pampore, allegedly wrote on Facebook that the administration of a polio vaccine caused the death of a child, sparking chaos among frightened parents, reports the Times of India.
Indian officials say the claim is baseless and urged people to ignore it. “These are just rumours. I request people to have faith in this 20-year-old vaccination programme,” said Yangthan Dolma, the state’s immunization officer.’