- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

KANO, NIGERIA (AP) - An independent monitor says hundreds of parents are defying threats of jail time by refusing polio vaccines for their children in a high-risk northern Nigerian state.

Muhammad Abdu Zango, Kano state coordinator of Journalists Against Polio, said Tuesday that more than 200 parents refused the vaccine in one district alone.

Vaccinator Amina Ahmed says dozens more refused in another district.

The four-day drive targeted some 6 million children in a state that has recorded two new polio cases this year.

Authorities last week said noncompliant parents would be prosecuted. Parents have given various reasons to resist the vaccine.

Polio is largely eradicated in most of the world, but health officers say even a few vaccine holdouts can compromise an eradication campaign.

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