World Polio Day - October 24th 2021

October 24th marked one of the most important days in Rotary’s calendar; World Polio Day.


 

On Sunday, we could be found, along with members from Royal Holloway's Rotaract Club and The Phoenix Project, in Lammas Recreation Ground planting 4,000 purple crocus corms in the Lammas Recreation Ground.

Rotary has been at the forefront of the End Polio Now campaign for over 30 years.

In this time Rotary and its partners have protected almost 3 billion children with the vaccine, which has prevented 19 million children from being paralysed.

Cases of wild poliovirus have fallen by 99.9% with only two cases present in the world so far in 2021, one each in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Poliomyelitis, also known as polio is a paralysing and potentially deadly infectious disease. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water.

With no found cure, polio can only be prevented with a simple and effective vaccine which is given to children through drops in the mouth.

Once a child is vaccinated, they typically have their pinkie finger painted in purple. This is why purple is associated with polio.

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