You have an opportunity to be part of the Rotary legacy that eradicates polio from the face of the earth. To achieve this goal, Rotary District 5110 is asking all members to make a $100 annual commitment to PolioPlus by signing up as a District 5110 PolioPlus Society member.
Contributions also can be made directly to your club foundation chair, or online at endpolio.org.
Why do we need to continue the fight against Polio when the number of cases is so low?
- Until polio is eradicated, we need to vaccinate all children under age 5. Polio is just a plane flight away. Children everywhere are at risk until we wipe out this deadly disease forever.
- As the risk of polio nears zero in an area, Rotary International will switch from using the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to the more expensive Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV).
- Rotary is increasing its surveillance efforts to track the last remaining virus. Surveillance includes examining every child with any kind of acute flaccid paralysis to determine the cause and testing sewer samples throughout the world for the presence of the Polio virus.
Once the number of polio cases are reduced to and stay at zero for 36 consecutive months, the World Health Organization will declare the world polio free. Then you can say you were part of a global movement that created a legacy – a polio free world.