What is polio?

Some information about Polio and links to where to find out more

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Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.

Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. 

Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

For more information on the fight to eradicate polio, see www.endpolio.org www.polioeradication.org www.rotarygbi.org/our-causes/end-polio-now/