Latest Polio and post-polio syndrome News

Woman 1st in line for polio vaccine embraces COVID-19 shot

Apr. 12, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nora Unruh felt a sense of relief when she was vaccinated for COVID-19. But it didn’t bring back memories about getting her polio shot at the first vaccine clinic in Bismarck six decades ago. “That’s probably a good...

Afghans work to stem polio rise amid violence, pandemic

Apr. 08, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is trying to inoculate millions of children against polio after pandemic lockdowns stalled the effort to eradicate the crippling disease. But the recent killing of three vaccinators points to the dangers facing the campaign as turmoil grows in the...

Afghan officials: 3 women working in polio drive killed

Mar. 30, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers on Tuesday gunned down three women working to administer polio vaccine in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, a day after authorities launched a new campaign against the crippling children's disease. The women were killed in two...

Pakistan launches anti-polio drive amid surge in coronavirus

Mar. 29, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Monday launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio despite facing another surge of coronavirus cases, the second anti-polio drive in 2021 as the country struggles to eradicate the crippling children’s disease. This time, the...

Pakistan launches anti-polio drive amid surge in coronavirus

Mar. 29, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Monday launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio despite facing another surge of coronavirus cases, the second anti-polio drive in 2021 as the country struggles to eradicate the crippling children’s disease. This time, the...

Pandemic Parallels: Older adults remember polio vaccines

Feb. 20, 2021 09:05 AM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Like many kids his age, James Hartt as a teen in the ’60s enjoyed passing the time with a bit of naive, reckless abandonment. One way Hartt found to amuse himself was leaping from a nearby bridge and sticking the landing on the other side, until one day, Hartt...