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Peshawar Police Arrest Anti-Vaxxer Parents

513 parents went to jail for refusing to vaccinate their children from the polio virus.

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Polio continues to present a major threat to much of Pakistan’s population—the country was host to 327 cases of the virus in 2014, the most in the world (compare that to Nigeria which came in second with only 36 cases). Still, vaccinating children from the disease has proved to be an impossible task in Pakistan and the Peshawar police has decided to make into a police matter—this week, they arrested 513 parents who have yet to vaccinate their children.

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On World Polio Day, Push to Eradicate the Disease Forever

Polio is 99 percent gone. With one more push, it could disappear completely.

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Today is World Polio Day, which marks the birthday of Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine. Since Salk's breakthrough discovery in 1955, polio diagnoses around the world have decreased by 99 percent. That's an impressive statistic, but it's not good enough.

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Vaccines are modern day medical miracles.

Take for instance polio, which killed and paralyzed thousands of Americans less than sixty years ago. Thanks to the introduction of the polio vaccine, the last case of “wild” polio in the United States was in 1979. Better yet, we’re on our way to eradicating polio around the world in our lifetime. Currently, this disease is largely confined to Nigeria, India, Afghanistan and the border region around Pakistan.

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