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Conquering Polio (India and USA)

Conquering Polio (India and USA)

"Major gains have been made in the global fight against polio: Today, polio cases have declined by 99 percent; overall, over two billion children have been immunized, five million have been spared disability, and over 250,000 deaths from polio have been prevented." -Rotary International
"Recommended. Before the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s, the disease was feared throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Even after the Salk and Sabin treatments largely ended polio in America, it remanded a threat in the Third World. This program documents efforts in India to destroy polio through single-day mass immunizations, along with presenting problems encountered by American polio sufferers dealing with side effects caused by polio. It presents a hopeful picture of the efforts to end a feared disease as well as the problems faced by those people afflicted with polio; is recommended for all collections emphasizing medicine and social problems." -EMRO Review
Thanks to the largest peacetime mobilization in history, the polio virus in India is about to be eradicated. Health officials, accompanied by an army of volunteers from the U.S. Rotary Club, will fan out across the country on motorbikes and even camels. When the day is done, 136 million children will have been vaccinated, creating a wall of immunity that the virus cannot penetrate. Now resources saved from having eradicated Polio can be diverted to the prevention of other diseases like hepatitis B, or malaria, and the global team can look onward to Africa. A KR Video Production. 03/08DE JSCA 45 min.

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