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Rotary’s ‘This Close’ Campaign Aims To End Polio

Roanoke Times: We’re “this close” to ending polio
Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic; Jon Barlett, CEO of LewisGale Medical Center and president of LewisGale Regional Health System; Cynda Johnson, president and founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Bertram Spetzler, president of the Salem Rotary Club

“…World Polio Day is Friday, and a massive coordinated vaccination program is planned. … Through … joint efforts, by 1994 polio was eliminated from the entire Western Hemisphere of the globe, and most recently India was declared polio free in 2012. Our ‘This Close’ campaign is the last effort being coordinated to finish the job in 2015 and have the world be declared polio free in 2017. … This is a challenge not just for Rotary, but for our whole community. What a truly gratifying experience it would be if we could all come together and participate to take away the worry of polio and make this scourge an historical anecdote” (10/23).

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