Polio Plus
I’m Paul Brochu, a member of the Plymouth, NH club and DG Mike Carrier has asked me to serve our District 7850 as our first PolioPlus Advocate.  As the PolioPlus Advocate, I’ll help keep Rotary’s commitment to the eradication of polio in the public eye, to provide any assistance that I can to District 7850 clubs as they help with Rotary’s polio eradication effort, and to help raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio campaign.
I’m a retired Navy Medical Service Corps Officer and spent the last 23 years of my 30-year Navy career focused on public health.  In 2019, I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in a Rotary National Immunization Day trip to India to see first-hand the impact Rotary continues to have in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.  I look forward to talking and working with many of you over the next year and you’ll be hearing more from me!
Polio Plus Updates
The impact of polio infection is, as with most things in this world, incredibly complex.  Decades after a person is infected with polio, they can face a variety of debilitating symptoms collectively referred to as the “late effects of polio” or “post-polio syndrome”.  Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a malady that is much less well known than polio itself, so let’s delve into this a bit more this month.
As I talk with Rotarians across our District, the most frequent question on many of their minds is “What is the prognosis for eradicating polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially since the United States has departed Afghanistan and the Taliban has taken over?” In response to this interest, I’d like to talk a bit about the situation in these countries.
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24 and Rotarians across the globe take action to raise awareness, funds, and support to eradicate polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world.  
In 1988 the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched by Rotary International, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Childrens Fund, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  At that time, there were over 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries each year.  The number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9 percent since then.
Clubs all over the world conduct a wide variety of events including vaccination clinics, online viewing of Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Online Update, “Pints for Polio” events at local restaurants and bars, news conference, information tables, concerts, and many, many other events.  How has your club supported World Polio Day? District Governor Mike Carrier asked that question here in District 7850 and we received a wide variety of responses 
While many Rotarians may remember a time when polio was a very real health threat in the United States, others may not.  So, this month, I thought I’d write about “What Is Polio”?