Did you know polio attacks a child’s nervous system and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis or even death?
Did you know polio has been eradicated in 99 percent of the world, and we are closer than ever to creating a polio-free world?
We must take action NOW before we lose the opportunity to make it 100 percent. Gaps in funding have forced Shot@Life‘s implementing partners to scale back their polio vaccination efforts creating vulnerable populations worldwide.
If we do not stop this disease now, it is estimated an additional 200,000 children a year will become paralyzed.
With your help, we can make history. Today, October 24th, is World Polio Day—a day to commemorate the progress we’ve made and how much further we have to go. In honor of World Polio Day, a resolution has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to commemorate this important day, and we need your help to get it passed.
Call your Senators and tell them to support S. Res. 270 or better yet, write a letter to the editor of your local paper. I’ll even make it easy for you; simply copy, paste and make a few edits to the text below and your letter to the editor is ready for emailing.
I sent mine last night.
To the editor:
As we commemorate World Polio Day today, it is important to note how close we are to eliminating many of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases with vaccines that cost just a few dollars.
Ending polio—a disease that now survives only among the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities—is a critical step toward improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
The global effort to eradicate polio demonstrates the tremendous impact of immunizations. The number of new cases of polio, a disease that once paralyzed more than 1,000 children a day, has dropped 99 percent in the last 20 years. India, one of the countries where polio remains a serious threat, celebrated a significant milestone in January: 2 years without any new reported cases of polio.
The remaining three countries where polio transmission has never been stopped (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) continue to make tremendous progress in getting us to a polio-free world. By reaching all children with the polio vaccine, we are closer to reaching them with other life-saving health care resources.
Shot@Life, a national movement to educate, connect and empower Americans to champion vaccines, is strengthening the call to action for this global cause. Together, we help can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. For children in developing countries, a vaccine gives the chance at many life firsts: first smiles, first birthdays and first steps.
Eradicating polio is a first step for a healthier world; no child anywhere will have to suffer from this debilitating disease. It matters for children in India and for children in Indiana.
[Your Name], [City, ST]
Heck, take to Twitter and tweet something like this to your local representative:
Dear @SenMikeLee, every child deserves a healthy life. Support ending #polio once & for all. #vaccineswork #shotatlife
If nothing else, head over to Shot@Life and pledge your support by adding your name to the nearly 200,000 advocates who believe in investing in a healthier world and giving every child a healthy shot at life.
If polio exists ANYWHERE, it is a threat EVERYWHERE.
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