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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2015 Dec;29(4):651-65. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2015.07.003.

The Challenge of Global Poliomyelitis Eradication.

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1
Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, 1462 Clifton Road Northeast, Suite 446, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
2
Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road Northeast, Mailstop A-04, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.
3
Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, 1462 Clifton Road Northeast, Suite 446, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. Electronic address: worenst@emory.edu.

Abstract

In the United States during the 1950's, polio was on the forefront of every provider and caregiver's mind. Today, most providers in the United States have never seen a case. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which began in 1988 has reduced the number of cases by over 99%. The world is closer to achieving global eradication of polio than ever before but as long as poliovirus circulates anywhere in the world, every country is vulnerable. The global community can support the polio eradication effort through continued vaccination, surveillance, enforcing travel regulations and contributing financial support, partnerships and advocacy.

KEYWORDS:

Eradication; Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV); Oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV); Poliomyelitis

PMID:
26610419
DOI:
10.1016/j.idc.2015.07.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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