Today is World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2019

Today is World Polio Day, a day when thousands of Rotary Clubs around the world hold events to discuss our progress toward eradicating this disease. Vaccinate Your Family’s executive director, Amy Pisani, is president elect of her local Rotary Club, which makes this cause even closer to our hearts.

2019 has been a mixed bag in the fight to end needless suffering from this vaccine-preventable disease. Continuing cases in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, in addition to new outbreaks in the Philippines, and now possibly Zambia, have been disappointing setbacks.

But it wasn’t a year without hope. Today, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication has announced the eradication of wild poliovirus type 3. This means that two of three types of wild poliovirus, that cause disease are now eradicated. Two down, and one to go!

Behind the numbers and statistics, it’s important to remember there are people and families still being affected by this devastating disease. We were honored when Richard Daggett reached out to us and offered his personal story about polio for our website. Richard was just 13 years old when he contracted polio. He was in an iron lung for months before progressing to years of intensive physical therapy. We hope you will take a moment to read his story.

Iron lung used for people with polioLearn about the Polio Survivors Association.

Learn more about polio and the vaccine that helps to protect against this serious disease on the Vaccinate Your Family website.

 


Related Posts

NOTE: A version of this content originally appeared in Vaccinate Your Family’s Immunization Alerts eNewsletter, sent out on Friday, August 13, 2021. Stay up to date on the latest vaccine news by subscribing here....

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, it’s likely you know someone who is not. There are a lot of reasons why people might opt out of vaccines — from disinformation to unanswered questions to bad...


2 responses to “How to Talk to Unvaccinated Friends and Family”

  1. Ulysses Urena says:

    My twin sons had gotten I believe only their first round of shots, they were born in 2004. They didn’t get anymore because they were diagnosed with autism. Cam they get the covid vaccine? Or do they need to get caught up on the others?

    • VaccinateYourFamily says:

      Hi Ulysses, Kids with autism can absolutely get vaccinated with any of the vaccines their doctor recommends — including the COVID vaccine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.