Nigerian refusals of the polio vaccine can be traced to Pfizer case

08/16/2011 |

A 15-year-old court case in the U.S. illustrates the reasons behind the mistrust of major health campaigns, specifically immunizations for polio, in parts of the developing world. The Nigerian region of Kano -- the center of polio-vaccine refusals in Africa since 2003 -- is also where a Pfizer drug trial was connected to the deaths of 11 children and dozens of cases of ailments including brain damage, paralysis and deafness.

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