A World Without Polio
     The world will be certified polio-free three                            Global Polio Eradicatio...
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A world without Polio - Poster

  1. 1. A World Without Polio The world will be certified polio-free three Global Polio Eradication Laboratory Network years after the last case of polio associated with the wild poliovirus is reported, using prescribed surveillance standards, and after all wild poliomyelitis stocks have been appropriately contained. SOURCE: World Health Organisation Once polio has been eradicated, immunisation, treatment and rehabilitation costs will drop dramatically, with savings potentially exceeding £1 billion a year. WHO laboratories and institutes testing for: Polio Polio and measles / rubella Polio, measles / rubella and yellow fever Polio, measles and / or rubella and Japanese encephalitis Data as at August 2007 The global polio laboratory network will remain in operation, helping public health officials identify, track and respond quickly to outbreaks of other diseases. Polio vaccines must be maintained at near-freezing temperatures, a process known at the cold chain. The vaccine distribution method - from refrigerated warehouses in ice-packed vaccine carrier bags to the immunisation posts - will continue to be used for immunisation of other diseases “The legacy of Rotary’s PolioPlus programme will reach well beyond the eradication of one of the most devastating diseases known to mankind. It will also leave behind stronger health systems in some of the poorest countries in the world, enabling them to tackle other important health threats, particularly in the area of immunisations and communicable disease.” Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO Director for Polio Eradication Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland www.thanksforlife.org

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