Remembering Polio

ByAZBio

Published: 2014-07-04 23:53:14

SUMMARY

Remembering Polio

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is an infectious viral disease that can strike at any age and affects a person’s nervous system. In the late 1940s to the early 1950s, polio crippled an average of more than 35,000 people in the United States each year; it was one of the most feared diseases of the twentieth century. Thanks to the polio vaccine, dedicated health care professionals, and parents who vaccinate their children on schedule, polio has been eliminated in this country for more than 30 years. (Source: CDC)  Today the US is home to approximately 1 million polio survivors.  Join our panelists in a look at what polio was, the impacts polio has on Americans today, and the importance of vaccinations in our ever shrinking world.Moderator: Gapar Laca, State Government Affairs Director at GlaxoSmithKlinePanelists:  David Larwood, CEO, President – Valley Fever Solutions, Debbie McCune Davis, Executive Director, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) 


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