Although statistics show that 99% of the cases of polio have been eradicated, Rotary International is recognizing today as ‘World Polio Day’ to propel the movement to eliminate the disease completely.
Because of the polio vaccine, the disease has become a non-issue in many countries. In fact, according to Dr. Amanda Griffin, MD, with Texas Tech physicians, the poliovirus does not often have severe affects on those who contract it. Studies show almost all children (99 children out of 100) who get the recommended vaccination will be protected from polio. And though polio has not been an issue in the United States for many years, and Rotary International has been involved with eradication since the early 80’s, if the disease exists, it is still a threat.
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