Listening to the rumours: What the northern Nigeria polio vaccine boycott can tell us ten years on

  title={Listening to the rumours: What the northern Nigeria polio vaccine boycott can tell us ten years on},
  author={Isaac Ghinai and Chris J. Willott and Ibrahim Dadari and Heidi J. Larson},
  booktitle={Global public health},
In 2003 five northern Nigerian states boycotted the oral polio vaccine due to fears that it was unsafe. Though the international responses have been scrutinised in the literature, this paper argues that lessons still need to be learnt from the boycott: that the origins and continuation of the boycott were due to specific local factors. We focus mainly on Kano state, which initiated the boycotts and continued to reject immunisations for the longest period, to provide a focused analysis of the… CONTINUE READING
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