World Polio Day 2023: What is polio disease, know the symptoms and methods of prevention..
World Polio Day is celebrated every year on 24 October. Polio is a serious disease that mostly affects children under 5 years of age. Therefore, on this day, awareness is spread about the importance of polio vaccination and campaigns are run to end polio. Know the history of World Polio Day and the symptoms and methods of prevention of polio.
Know what are the symptoms of polio and the method of prevention.
New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk. World Polio Day 2023: World Polio Day is celebrated every year on 23 October. On this day, efforts are made to make people aware of the importance of polio vaccination. On this day, campaigns against polio are run all over the world to eradicate polio. Let us know all the important things related to polio.
What is the history of World Polio Day?
World Polio Day was started by Rotary International. This day is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Jonas Salk. Jonas Salk led the first team to discover a polio vaccine. In 1988, the World Health Assembly launched a mission to eliminate polio from all countries of the world. Through this mission, emphasis was laid on giving vaccines to all children to protect them from this terrible disease. World Polio Day is part of this initiative.
What is its importance?
Polio is a terrible disease, which if infected can even lead to paralysis. This mostly happens to children below 5 years of age, hence it is very important to give all the vaccines to children on time. On this day, parents who get their children vaccinated on time and all healthcare workers are appreciated. India became a polio-free country in 2014.
What is polio?
Polia is also known as poliomyelitis. It is caused by infection with the polio virus, which affects the nerves of the spinal cord. This can cause paralysis or even death. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the polio virus first infects your throat and then your intestines. Because of this, flu-like symptoms are seen. After this, the infection affects your brain and spinal cord. It is an infectious disease, which can spread easily from one person to another.
How does polio spread?
Not washing hands properly after going to the toilet
drinking or cooking with dirty water
coming into contact with the spit, saliva, or feces of an infected person
from swimming in dirty water
from eating dirty food
What are its symptoms?
neck and back stiffness
trouble moving legs or arms
What is the method of prevention?
The only way to prevent polio is its vaccine. The oral polio vaccine is given in India. Polio drops are given to every child below 5 years of age.
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