Do you know how much it costs to provide oral polio vaccine for one child?
The answer is a mere 60 cents. That’s a small price to pay for a life free from a contagious disease that once spread paralysis, limb deformities, respiratory obstructions, and death in every country on Earth.
That is why Rotary International has been so relentless in its fundraising and vaccine distribution to combat a disease that cannot be cured but can be prevented. We’ve got it down to just two countries where polio is endemic — Pakistan and Afghanistan. But, because polio is so easily spread, a rigorous and ongoing program of vaccinations is a must.
The 3rd annual “World Polio Day” this year is scheduled for October 24. For every dollar donated by a Rotarian, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will triple it. You can find details on what you can do to help by clicking here.
For those among us fortunate enough to grow up in a world without polio and raise their children without the fear of it, the question “What IS polio?” is understandable. We have an answer for that on a separate page elsewhere on this website. Just click here.