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Watertown Rotary Club will provide the Polio Eradication Oral Vaccine for 25,000 Children in 2018
 Over the past three years, 2015-2017, The Watertown Rotary Club has secured $12,092 plus matching grants of 2 for 1 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Your continuous generosity the past 3 years has provided oral vaccine for over 60,000 children. Well Done! In 2018 we have a goal of $5,000. Here is how and why:
 The 2018 Swimarathon on February 24th, at the YMCA will host swimmers who have a goal of fundraising $5,000 towards Polio Eradication. With matching grants of 2 for 1 by the Gates Foundation we will be able to fund oral vaccine for over 25,000 children this year!
 2018 Swimmers and Fundraisers:  Beth Linderman, Ben Coe, Howie Ganter, Jeff Wood, Jeff Barnard, Bob Gorman, Dianna Woodhouse, Bill Hartman, Mark Walzyck, Dean Witmer and Jim Fitzpatrick. Marsha Anderson is our administrative expertise person.
 Polio Eradication History: Rotary International has partnered with The World Health Organization (WHO) since the mid 1980’s and since 2013 with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate Polio. This has been accomplished by providing both monetary funds and people power. To date, 99.9% of the world is Polio free. We are “this close” as indicated by holding thumb and index finger slightly apart.
 The Current Situation: Unfortunately the crippling disease still lingers in two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Nigeria has recently experienced no new cases during 2017, after a relapse in the hinterland area of the northern state of Borno. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to pay off the $76 million of the debt incurred by Nigeria to clear the country of the disease in 2017.
 Rotary International and Partners are Determined:  Rotary and its partners are determined to complete the fight to eradication Polio. The battle has been slow but sure. Victory in eliminating only the second disease ever is close at hand. The first, the Smallpox disease was declared eradicated in 1980 following the WHO global immunization campaign.
 Thank you for your support.
The Foundation Committee: Kate Fenlon, chair, Don Klug, Steve Todd, Jeff Wood, Pete Salmon, Ben Coe
10 Reasons to Donate to The Rotary Foundation
                            with Polio Eradication In Mind by Don Klug, Watertown Rotary
  1. Why Donate? Any donation in the amount of $25 is noted by Marsha to the Foundation and is credited towards TRF and your PHF recognition.
  2. Why Donate to Polio Plus? For 30 plus years one of our Rotary missions has been to eradicate this crippling childhood disease. The Bill Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization has partnered with Rotary International in our fight. We are not alone in this struggle.
  3. What is Polio? Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. It is most often spread through person-to-person contact with the stool of an infected person and may also be spread through oral/nasal secretions. Those who develop symptoms may incur paralysis or death.
  4. How common was polio in the United States? Polio was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century. With the introduction of Salk vaccine in 1955, the number of cases rapidly declined to under 2,500 by 1957. By 1965, only 61 cases of paralytic polio were reported.
  5. Is polio still a disease seen in the United States? The last imported case caused by wild poliovirus into the United States was reported in 1993.
  6. Who should get polio vaccine and when? The poliovirus vaccine used in the United States is IPV. It is a shot given in the leg or arm, depending on age. The Polio vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. IPV is routinely given to children, who receive 4 doses over time.
  7. If Polio isn’t a significant threat here, why should we care? Unfortunately, polio lurks in the shadow of war and highly populated poverty stricken countries. Polio remains in two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  8. Are we in danger?  As long as the disease exists we are threatened. There is no cure for polio once infected. The focus of modern treatment has been on providing relief of symptoms, speeding recovery and preventing complications.
  9.  What is the cost? The cost to immunize a child costs $0.60. Where else can you make a contribution that will have such a significant impact? Thirty donations of $25.00 each will afford the vaccine for 1,250 children!
  10. We are SO close! Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. Even though we are 99% plus of the way to eradicating this disease, there remains a threat! We have yet to win. Please help! End Polio NOW! Your gift of $25 to the Polio Plus Fund is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition.
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