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Pa. Polio Survivors Network
Information and Inspiration
for All Polio Survivors and Their Families
Serving the Keystone State and Beyond
As Passed Unanimously By Our Pa. State Legislature In 2015,
April is Polio Awareness Month.
As we travel around the Keystone State doing presentations at Senior Expos, Immunization
Coalition Meetings and Rotary Clubs there are two common themes and reoccurring questions:
"Hasn't Polio been eradicated?" "Why do we need to vaccinate our children? It's over." "PostPolio Syndrome? What's that?" The answer to these questions is: "No, it's not over and PostPolio Syndrome is real".
With enormous gratitude to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the world is so close to
any new cases of Polio coming to an end, but sadly they have yet to be successful in being able
to declare Afghanistan, Pakistan or Nigeria "Polio Free". Why is that important to those of us
here in the U.S. ? Because a critical "Polio Truth" is that it is ONLY a plane ride away. Should
a yet to be vaccinated child who is carrying the disease, come in contact with an unvaccinated
child, it could happen again here in the U.S. more quickly than we can imagine. With Polio,
the number zero truly matters.
There are an estimated 1 million Polio Survivors in the U.S. The vast majority of these
survivors will develop Post-Polio Syndrome - often becoming more disabled as a result.
With gratitude to our Pa. House of Representatives, April is once again the time to open up
the conversation. Let's end this terrible disease once and for all.
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