Polio is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause paralysis. It is most common in children under the age of 5. There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented with vaccination.
In the early 20th century, polio was a major global health problem. Millions of people were infected each year, and thousands died or were left paralyzed. However, thanks to vaccination, polio has been largely eradicated from the world.
Today, there are only two countries in the world where polio is still endemic: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a goal of polio eradication by 2023.
The fight to end polio is a complex one. It requires a coordinated effort from governments, health organizations, and individuals around the world. But it is a fight that we can win.
Here are some things you can do to help end polio:
- Get vaccinated against polio.
- Donate to organizations that are working to end polio.
- Spread awareness about polio and the importance of vaccination.
Together, we can make polio a disease of the past.