Did you know the polio virus is still in Afghanistan and Pakistan?  The Salk and Sabin vaccines helped eradicate the disease from the Americas by 1994 but it is only a plane ride away from coming back to us.  Join us at Deicke Park Fall Fest September 25 and 26 and see the traveling Iron Lung educational exhibit presented by Rotary Club of Huntley.
Polio (Poliomyelitis) was the most widely feared disease in the world in the 1940's and 50"s. Hundreds of thousands of children were killed or crippled across the world with relief coming only after the invention of the Salk and Sabin
vaccines.  Iron lungs were used widely in the USA and other countries to keep many polio victims alive by helping the lungs.  The poliovirus attacked the muscles, legs, arms, lungs, etc.  The Iron Lung is a type of negative pressure ventilator, a mechanical respirator which encloses most of a person's body and varies the air pressure in the enclosed space to stimulate breathing.  
In 1985, Rotary launched its Polio Plus program which was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through mass vaccination of children.  Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and governments of the world. 
This Rotary, RILEE, (Rotary Iron Lung Educational Exhibit) display has two salient messages to deliver:
  • If one child is diagnosed with polio, every child in the world is at risk
  • Immunizations must continue for at least three years after the last diagnosed case.
Rotary clubs worldwide are raising $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents.  Governments, corporations, and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding. Please join us and contribute to eliminate polio at: https://form.jotform.com/212175569948975