In celebration of World Immunization Week!
This month, one of the largest public health interventions is occurring and it is called “The Switch.” Countries all over the world are switching to a new polio vaccine as we get close to eliminating the disease. As we get closer to a polio-free world, it is important to reflect on the lessons we have learned combating this disease.
Efforts to stop polio have helped mobilize and train millions of health workers, mapped and brought health interventions to chronically missed communities and bolstered countries’ ability to deliver vaccination, monitor diseases and quickly respond to outbreaks. The global public health community has the opportunity to build a lasting legacy and make a sustainable difference to the health of some of the most vulnerable communities and countries. In this way, we can ensure that the investments made in polio eradication have broader benefits for years to come.
This short video shows us the experience of polio through the eyes of a polio survivor and one of the world’s foremost polio experts, Stephen Cochi.
Be sure to also check out “The Switch” article featuring an interview from Stephen Cochi on BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36055507