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Letter: Pro-vaccine effort eradicating polio

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India is free of polio after three years with no new cases, and polio worldwide is down 99 percent. This is great news. Thanks to polio vaccination, 5 million people who otherwise might have been paralyzed are able to walk. Never before has the world been this close to eradicating polio.

This is the motivation we need to continue our efforts to eliminate polio in the last three remaining countries: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But to get the last 1 percent of the poliovirus, we Americans need to step in.

Shot@Life is a national movement to educate, connect and empower Americans to champion vaccines, and we are strengthening the call to action for this global cause. In supporting global immunization initiatives, we protect our own children from disease.

Melody Butler, Lindenhurst

Editor's note: The writer is a registered nurse and a member of the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.