|Description:||Captured in an unidentified Latin-American country, this 1989 image depicts a healthcare worker who was going door to door, conducting epidemiologically-related interviews in order to find out whether or not the appropriate polio vaccine had been administered to both the children, and adults of each visited household, in order to prevent them from acquiring poliomyelitis. If not, she would then administer the oral form of the vaccine, as she was doing here with this infant, to those household members at home at the time, and return to vaccinate any remaining members.|
The poliovirus “enters a child’s (or adult’s) body through the mouth. Sometimes it does not cause serious illness. But sometimes it causes paralysis (can’t move arm or leg). It can kill people who get it, usually by paralyzing the muscles that help them breathe. Polio used to be very common in the United States. It paralyzed and killed thousands of people each year before we had a vaccine for it.”
This image is from the 1989 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Polio Eradication Field Guide. Beginning in 1988, the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF, through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, has lead to the foreseeable global eradication of this viral disease. Regions that include northern India, northern Nigeria, and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, are still “epidemiological challenges”.
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