September 23, 2022

Parents and Children line up for polio vaccine in 1953

Sep 23, 2022 | Polio Eradication Update

What is that Polio Picture? These two pictures show a tale of two times.  The first shows parents and children lined up in New York to receive the new Polio Vaccine on 7/1/53.  And the second shows the New York Health Department’s estimate of the percentage of 2 year-olds vaccinated now in Rockland County, NY and in the whole state of New York*.

*Dept. of Health New York,

Queen Elizabeth II – It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose dedication to humanitarian causes and unwavering commitment to peace and the environment deeply inspired Rotary members around the world, especially those in the Commonwealth countries. The queen was a supporter of Rotary’s polio eradication and humanitarian missions. She received the Rotary International Award of Honor, the organization’s highest recognition, in December 2013 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation. Her late husband, Prince Philip, was an honorary member of the Rotary clubs of Kings Lynn, Windsor & Eton, and Windsor St. George, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland.

We join the international community in offering our condolences to the royal family.

RI President Jennifer Jones

Polio – New York –Following the isolation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) in New York, USA, in July, further virological and epidemiological analysis confirms circulation of this strain. It is important to note that since initial isolation of VDPV2, local and national public health authorities have already been operating on the assumption that this strain is circulating, and as such, this official classification at this time does not affect the operational response. New York and US public health authorities continue to implement a timely and appropriate response to this circulating VDPV2 (cVDPV2), in order to rapidly interrupt its circulation, including by: continuing to intensify surveillance efforts (including for potential cases of paralysis), identifying population sub-groups/areas with potential immunity gaps, and proactively reaching out to communities with known immunity gaps to strengthen vaccination coverage.

 A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 379 Afghanistan – 43, Algeria – 1, Benin – 6 (3 in 2021), Chad – 18 (0 in 2021), DR Congo – 111 (28 in 2021), Eritrea – 1, Ghana – 2, Israel – 1, Madagascar – 8 (13 in 2021), Malawi – 2, Mozambique – 4 (2 in 2021), Niger – 10 (18 in 2021), Nigeria – 33 (415 in 2021), Pakistan – 8, Somalia – 3 (1 in 2021), Togo – 0, United States – 1, Yemen – 127 (69 in 2021)

New Polio Cases & Samples This WeekAfghanistan – 1 WPV1 Case, Benin – 2 cVDPV2 Cases +1 cVDPV2 Sample, D R Congo – 1  cVDPV1 Case, Ghana – 1 cVDPV2 Sample, Madagascar – 1 cVDPV1 Sample, Malawi – 2 cVDPV1 Cases, Mozambique – 1 WPV1 Case, Nigeria – 1 cVDPV2 Sample, Pakistan – 2 WPV1 Cases.

2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases -689 in 22 Countries.  

2020 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 1,113 in 26 countries in 2020.

Quote of the Day

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from swinging.”

Babe Ruth

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:




as of 6/25/2022

2 new Polio cases were reported this week.
8 Wild Polio cases - 2022 (1 Wild Polio case, 2021). The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 5/1/22.
84 Wild Polio cases - 2020.
1 WPV1 or cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.




as of 6/25/2022

0 new Polio cases reported this week.
1 Wild Polio case - 2022, (4 Wild Polio cases, 2021). The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 1/11/22.
56 Wild Polio cases - 2020.
0 WPV1 & CVDPV2-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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