Infographic: The Time to Eradicate Polio is Now

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Infographic: The Time to Eradicate Polio is Now. Children still need to be vaccinated against polio. If we were to stop our current vaccination efforts, within a decade we would see a resurgence of polio that could paralyze more than 200,000 children worldwide every year.

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The Time to Eradicate Polio is Now.

Worldwide in 2013, there were 403 polio cases in 3 endemic countries. Worldwide in 1988, there were 350,000 polio cases in 125 endemic countries.

Year and Polio Cases:

  • 1988: 350,000
  • 1989: 261,000
  • 1990: 233,000
  • 1991: 134,000
  • 1992: 137,000
  • 1993: 76,000
  • 1994: 73,000
  • 1995: 60,000
  • 1996: 33,000
  • 1997: 18,000
  • 1998: 10,000
  • 1999: 10,000
  • 2000: 4,000
  • 2001: 548
  • 2002: 1,922
  • 2003: 784
  • 2004: 1,258
  • 2005: 2,033
  • 2006: 2,022
  • 2007: 1,387
  • 2008: 1,732
  • 2009: 1,782
  • 2010: 1,409
  • 2011: 650
  • 2012: 223
  • 2013: 403

Children still need to be vaccinated against polio. If we were to stop our current vaccination efforts, within a decade we would see a resurgence of polio that could paralyze more than 200,000 children worldwide every year.

Since 1988, polio vaccine has prevented more than 10 million cases of paralysis.

Since 1988, more than 500,000 deaths from polio have been prevented.

The economic benefits of polio eradication are $40-50 billion through the year 2035 – over 80% of these savings will be in developing countries.

The net benefit of other services such as vitamin A delivery alongside polio vaccination: up to $90 billion in additional savings and the prevention of up to 5.4 million child deaths.

Polio eradication is within our reach. It will save money. It will prevent disability. It will save lives.

Page last reviewed: March 3, 2014
Content source: Global Health