For this reason, public health professionals remind us that polio is a disease that is just a plane trip away, ready to pounce on unvaccinated children and adults. I have included a photo of the Flood twins taken a few months before Frankie died.
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To this day, I hate to have my picture taken. You see, someone has been missing since ! Her twin brother was lost to the disease, but Janice survived and became one of the polio pioneers who were given the Salk vaccine in She is committed to the eradication of polio. Learn more at www.
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The shadow of polio: A Syracuse twin, still driven by the loss of her brother
Vaccine Safety. Where to Get Vaccinated. Vaccines You Need. Personal Testimonies. On the night Frankie was buried, I was admitted to the same hospital with a diagnosis of paralytic polio and later on that week my mother suffered a miscarriage.
Now, what happened to our family was certainly tragic, but it was not an unusual story. The United States was declared polio-free of the wild-virus in , with developed countries around the world following suit over the next few decades.
Polio Survivor Recalls Tragic Loss of Twin and Classmates
As our family well knows, it is a disease that can render a child or young adult dead or paralyzed in a matter of hours or days. Jan and Frankie Flood, a few weeks prior to Frankie's death. I have missed my twin every day of my life since — I live for the day that no one has to experience such loss.
To that end, please join with advocates like Global Citizens and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to elicit the financial support of countries around the globe.
And, please, vaccinate your children. Polio has no cure, only prevention through vaccination. Welcome back!
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