Polio was once a very common disease. But thanks to the development of the polio vaccine in 1955, the number of children diagnosed with polio has reached an all-time low in 2017.
Today marks World Polio Day, and we take the opportunity to talk about the importance of eradicating polio, and how close we actually are to accomplish this goal.
What is polio?
Polio is a virus that spreads between people. The virus affects the nervous system, and can make a person paralyzed within hours.
Polio is most common in children under the age of 5. There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented through vaccination. When a child is affected by polio, it’s important that every child in the area is vaccinated to stop it from spreading and becoming an epidemic.
The mission to end polio
Even if only one child has polio, every child can be at risk of getting it. Because of this, the World Health Organization is on a mission to end polio. This mission began in 1988, and since then the amount of polio diagnoses have dropped with 99 %.
Today, only 3 countries are still battling with polio: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. According to the World Health Organization, we are closer than ever to end polio. We are happy to join World Polio Day to spread knowledge and awareness!