With today marking what would be the 100th Birthday of vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, Ted Hill MBE, wrote a Letter to Editors of newspapers up and down the country to let them know that although the Polio battle is over in much of the western world, the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome is a very real threat that still exists to 120,000 people who suffered from the disease in the UK. Read it here:
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Polio is still something to “Salk” about for 120,000 survivors
Jonas Salk, a man who saved millions of lives worldwide with the discovery of a vaccine to fight the spread of Polio in 1953, would be 100 years old today (28 October). Whilst the day seems the perfect opportunity to praise a man who kick-started the fight to eradicate Polio to a point where there are only three countries still fighting the disease worldwide; there is a separate Polio struggle that still exists here in Britain today.
Despite Salk’s pioneering work, many people who contracted Polio are now living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a neurological condition that affects some 120,000 survivors in the UK causing an increase in fatigue, muscle weakness, aches and pains and a greater sensitivity to the cold.
The condition affecting a similar amount of people to those affected by Parkinson’s disease, yet many in the medical profession still admit to not being fully aware of the disease. The British Polio Fellowship is currently the only UK charity supporting those living with PPS and at the same time calling for more professional recognition of the disease.
If you would like more information of the ongoing battle faced by those suffering with PPS visit The British Polio Fellowship’s website at www.britishpolio.org or call 0800 043 1935.
Ted Hill MBE
CEO of The British Polio Fellowship