Posts Tagged ‘Measles’
When I was a child, summer was a season to be feared. Polio virus stalked the world, killing and crippling tens of thousands every year in the USA alone. FDR was a polio surviver who wore baggy pants to hide his leg braces.
Tropical Africa, Asia, South and Central America were hit the hardest. Virtually every villiage had gimping polio survivers. Orthopedic surgery in those days was largely treating the disabled victims of polio, making their lives a little less hard.
60 years ago a miracle! A vaccine. Many people feared vaccination, but most feared polio more. Within 20 years polio was a rarity in the USA, but children throughout the rest of the world still fell victim to the killer and crippler of millions.
In 1979 Rotary vaccinated 6 million children in the Phillipines, starting a world-wide campaign to eradicate polio from the entire world. But how do you do that? You have to vaccinate EVERY child in the world. And keep repeating as more children are born.