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What Is Polio And What You Can Do About It In 10 Easy Steps

Educate yourself with our handy gif-filled guide.

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3. Remember from World War Two history class how President Roosevelt was in a wheelchair? That's because he battled polio. Bet you didn't know that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, musician Neil Young and actor and humanitarian Mia Farrow had polio too.

5. Think Manchester United and Liverpool have a cut-throat rivalry? That's nothing compared to Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, who raced to invent the first polio vaccine in the 1950s.

This rivalry bore serious fruit: two highly effective polio vaccines and 10 million people saved from paralysis.

8. If we don't ensure every single person gets vaccinated and wipe this virus out entirely, polio could make a big comeback and infect more than 200,000 people per year within a decade.

9. Only one virus has ever been eradicated in the entire history of the world: that's smallpox. Polio is "this close" to being the second, making eradication a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

So spread the word - share this amongst your friends and family. And if you'd like to make a donation to help make sure every child is vaccinated you can do so here and here.

Help finish what we started - let's make sure that no child ever suffers from this disease again.

Thanks for reading. Find out more about our work on immunization here.

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