September 28, 2021 – 12:00 p.m.
This week’s Carson City Rotary Club presentation is a hot topic: vaccinations.
Not COVID, but rather Polio.
Phil Mahoney, district president of Rotary International’s Polio Plus program, will be the guest speaker at the meeting on Tuesday, September 28 at noon in the Great Ballroom of the Brewery Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.
Since its inception in 1979, Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative has reduced polio cases by 99%.
Rotary members have contributed more than $ 2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from paralyzing disease.
Mahoney says that even though polio is eradicated in many countries, it is important to continue the campaign.
“Only a few countries have active cases of polio, but if we stop immunizing children against the disease, we could see hundreds of thousands of cases within a decade,” he said. “In addition, the Polio campaign helps the medical community to prevent and fight other diseases.”
The presentation will cover the history of polio, the current situation, vaccines and the different types of polio viruses. Mahoney will also speak about efforts to bring the Polio Plus program back to the forefront of Rotary clubs in our area.
Anyone interested in participating should email [email protected], to learn more about the Rotary International Polio Eradication Initiative, click https://www.rotary.org/en/ our-causes / ending-polio.