World Polio Day every October 24 highlights global efforts to eliminate polio and the importance of vaccination in protecting children from the disease. It is also an opportunity to highlight the importance of all mothers, fathers, caregivers, health workers and volunteers who play a key role in getting polio vaccines to children and their communities.
The Region of the Americas was certified polio-free in 1994. Since then, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has invited countries to maintain high vaccination coverage and strengthen surveillance to keep communities safe from the risk of a possible event or outbreak.
Message by Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, PAHO Director
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