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Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause severe paralysis. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralyzed, 5-10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. Polio mainly affects children under five years of age. Naturally occurring polio was eliminated in the U.S. in 1979 and in the Western Hemisphere by 1991; however, worldwide efforts are continuing towards eradication of this contagious and devastating disease.
Oral polio vaccine could play a role against COVID-19

Oral polio vaccine could play a role against COVID-19

Vaccine wars ignite in California as lawmakers seek stronger laws

Vaccine wars ignite in California as lawmakers seek stronger laws

As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

Recombinant adjuvanted zoster  vaccination associated with lower risk of COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalization

Recombinant adjuvanted zoster vaccination associated with lower risk of COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalization

How LA, calling the shots on school vaccine mandates, can lead the way on covid rules

How LA, calling the shots on school vaccine mandates, can lead the way on covid rules

Omicron and other coronavirus variants: What you need to know

Omicron and other coronavirus variants: What you need to know

SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and the natural immune response

SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and the natural immune response

Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-covid vaccinations

Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-covid vaccinations

Aptamer Group and DeepVerge expand partnership for Optimer-enabled wastewater monitoring

Aptamer Group and DeepVerge expand partnership for Optimer-enabled wastewater monitoring

Inactivated polio vaccine induces antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2 RNA synthesis

Inactivated polio vaccine induces antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2 RNA synthesis

Drought may affect child vaccination coverage in Africa, study finds

Drought may affect child vaccination coverage in Africa, study finds

WHO emphasizes the necessity to address acute health needs in Afghanistan

WHO emphasizes the necessity to address acute health needs in Afghanistan

Factors predicting vaccine hesitancy in India

Factors predicting vaccine hesitancy in India

Penn scientists win 2021 Lasker Award for the discovery of therapeutic mRNA technology

Penn scientists win 2021 Lasker Award for the discovery of therapeutic mRNA technology

Live oral SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides partial protection in Rhesus Macaques

Live oral SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides partial protection in Rhesus Macaques

Evolved SARS-CoV-2 viruses gain higher infectivity and cause more rapid infection spread

Evolved SARS-CoV-2 viruses gain higher infectivity and cause more rapid infection spread

Health leaders issue an urgent call for vaccine equity globally and in Africa

Health leaders issue an urgent call for vaccine equity globally and in Africa

Young people aged 12 to 15 in England to be offered one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Young people aged 12 to 15 in England to be offered one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Experts fear rapid spread of COVID-19 in Afghanistan given Taliban's hostility to vaccinations

Experts fear rapid spread of COVID-19 in Afghanistan given Taliban's hostility to vaccinations

The newest disease detection tool for covid and beyond: Poop

The newest disease detection tool for covid and beyond: Poop