NYTimes: Why Polio, Once Eliminated, Is Testing N.Y. Health Officials

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Low rates of Polio vaccination in young children are alarming New York State health officials, who worry about the disease resurging in modern America. The variant that is currently circulating has the ability to cause paralysis in many unvaccinated people. However, due to vaccine fatigue and general COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy, lots of people are not running to the doctor to ensure that their children are vaccinated against polio. Another concern is that many people are asymptomatic, or have very mild symptoms that the true amount of polio circulating throughout the state may be much higher than is reported. Unfortunately, most people use reported numbers to gauge their concern for the spread of the disease and the urgency to get vaccinated. To read the full article, click here. To read more about infectious diseases, click here.

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