Today I had a booster vaccination for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Polio.
Although it hurt quite a bit, I’m lucky to be immunised against these diseases, which can be fatal, and have caused many deaths worldwide.
Immunisation programmes for Polio were started in the UK from the 1950s, when there was a Polio epidemic. Now the virus is eliminated in the UK and many other countries.
However, Polio is still endemic in the countries Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. I read an article in the news yesterday, about Polio vaccinators working to stop the endemic in Nigeria, who were shot by terrorists. Sadly, this is not the first time that Polio vaccinators have been killed. In Pakistan the Taliban accused health workers of being US spies and alleged that the vaccine causes infertility.
It is a shame that Polio cannot be eradicated completely, because of a handful of people who are against the anti-Polio movement.