Medical authorities treated 2,566 people this year, a 9 percent rise from last year.
Israel's north has the highest vaccination rate, at 69%; Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are lagging well behind, with 19.8% and 5.15% respectively.
Sharon has undergone abdominal surgery to correct a problem in his intravenous feeding system; his condition remains unchanged.
Studies suggest vaccine-linked autoimmune conditions; nearly half of Israeli women who develop cervical cancer die of the disease.
The two-drop, oral inoculation contains two types of weakened virus: strain 3 and strain 1, which has been discovered in Israel’s sewage systems since May.
City-dwellers went to the Negev, where the spectacular Perseid shower featured up to 100 meteors an hour.
Health Ministry’s Operation Two Drops to expand northward, amid pockets of parental resistance.
From August 18, parents of all children between 4 months and 9 and a half years will be asked to inoculate kids amid evidence that polio virus is present in sewage systems throughout the country.
Health Ministry still debates whether to expand the vaccination campaign to children throughout the country.
As the government announces a campaign to vaccinate 150,000 children in the south of Israel, members of the public have called parents to abstain citing safety concerns.