Mia Farrow's polio campaign is a passionate cause for the star. Mia tweeted on Sept. 13, 2013, "My kids were vaccinated on schedule. All but one. He was 6 when I adopted him. Polio found him first. He is paraplegic. Vaccinate your kids." The son Farrow is referring to is the one she adopted from India.
The 68-year-old actress, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2000, helped launch a United Nations-supported polio vaccination campaign in Chad. Reportedly, Chad has the "second highest number of registered polio cases in the world." "To see the eradication of polio would be very meaningful to me personally," said Mia.
Mia Farrow's polio campaign is sensible for areas such as Chad, but should Americans worry about polio in the United States? Web MD describes polio as "an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract." The disease was once the "leading cause of disability" in the United States. However, the polio vaccine, introduced in 1955, eliminated the disease in America. So why is it still recommended that American children get vaccinated for polio? According to Web MD, "The disease is still common in some developing countries and until it is eradicated worldwide, the risk of it spreading to the U.S. still exists."
What are your thoughts on Mia Farrow's polio campaign? In many areas in the United States, a polio vaccination is required before a child can start school. Do you agree with that, or do you think American children don't need to worry about polio? Please leave a comment below.
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