There is no cure for Polio. It is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. In the United States we have safe and effective vaccines that can effectively stop the spreading of the disease and therefore eradicating it from our land. We are effective in giving every child born in America and living in America the vaccine to prevent polio from ever spreading to another human. Polio spreads from person to person evading the brain and spinal cord causing paralysis, the inability to move. Most of the world has the disease under control especially after in 1988 the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution for the world wide eradication of polio. It marked the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) super headed by national governments.
The spread of polio has never stopped in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These two countries have been backward in so many areas that it seems that they just don’t care about their people. The children are not being educated, fed well or even receiving life sustaining important vaccines. The people from these countries have now become a world health problem. Everywhere else in the world including Nigeria the 21st Century has seen a multitude of public health victories. Among them is the elimination of wild polio virus (WPV) in over 100 countries worldwide thanks to successful vaccines programs.
The immunization laws in the United States stresses in the schools that every child simply must have the proper vaccines to prevent the diseases like polio and mumps or measles. The laws have proven to be very effective in securing a healthier life for all humans in America. Enforcement of the laws will prevent any child from entering a school until they have been properly vaccinated. 47 states have exemptions for persons who have strong religious beliefs against vaccines and 15 states have exemptions for persons philosophically opposed to vaccination. Fewer than 1% have any opposition to any vaccination in any state. School laws promote the education to have families want to have their children vaccinated. The immunization effort in the schools ensure that it is always a top topic among educating all. But schools can not replace the important efforts that must be made in the first two years of a child’s life.
The history of the polio vaccine in the United States spans a 50 year past. The United Stated invested approximately $35 Billion dollars in the vaccination programs throughout the years to prevent the spread of the disease. America has plans to invest $1.4 Billion dollars more in future efforts to keep the disease at bay for the safety for all humans in this country. America considers this an investment in health since the cost of treatment of anyone stricken with polio would be costing the country much more money in medications and treatment for such a lifelong debilitating disease. Money for the prevention of the spread of polio is money well spent. America cares for its people.