Posted by John Hathaway on Apr 30, 2019
Three new Wild Polio cases reported this week.   

Eradication as a central part of World Immunization Week!  As we march ever closer to Our Goal of Global Polio Eradication, we remember our place in promoting routine immunizations which save millions of lives every year. Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. As we approach the end of the 2018-19 Be The Inspiration - Rotary Year, don't forget to make your donation to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Fund!  It's easy atwww.rotary.org/donate 

Pakistan's Polio Eradication Effort suffered a social media attack this week - with false rumors of children becoming sick after receiving the Oral Polio Vaccine.  These social media attacks spread an hysteria which resulted in 25,000 children being brought to hospitals and health centers.  Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee Chair, Mike McGovern reports that "Fortunately the Pakistan government responded forcefully and quickly" to dispel the rumors - but damage has been done.  Pakistan's Polio Eradication Chair, Aziz Memon, met with Pakistan's regional health officials in Peshawar yesterday to reassure them of the safety of the Oral Polio Vaccine and of Rotary's commitment to the eradication of Polio in Pakistan.      

Vaccine Derived Polio Cases - Papua New Guinea, Kenya, SYRIA, SOMALIA, Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Indonesia, & DRC - Vaccine Derived Polio Cases reported in 2019 - 9:  Indonesia - 0 (0 in 2018).  Papua New Guinea - 0 (26 in 2018).  Nigeria - 7 (most recent paralysis 3/20/19) (34 in 2018)  Niger - 0 (10 in 2018).  Somalia - 1 (most recent paralysis 3/15/19  (13 in 2018).  DRC - 1 (most recent paralysis 2/8/19) (20 in 2018).  Mozambique - 0 - (1 in 2018)  One hundred and four Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 2018.