Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits northern Nigeria to document the potential end of polio in Africa. Most villages in this region are off the grid and without healthcare. Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann discusses unrest that has also contributed to polio’s survival in the country.
Gupta revisits the polio epidemic that plagued the United States before Jonas Salk created a vaccine in the early 1950s. The Emir of Kano discusses efforts to overcome misinformation about vaccines. Anti-vaccine propaganda has taken hold in the United States as well.
Vaccines prevent an estimated 6 million deaths worldwide each year. Yet many parents do not immunize their children because of three common myths: vaccines cause autism, vaccines are toxic, and the diseases they were designed to treat have been wiped out.
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Polio has been eradicated across 99 percent of the globe. Today, it only exists in three countries. One of those countries has just surpassed a big milestone: one year without a case of polio, for the first time ever. Join Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he journeys to the farthest reaches of northern Nigeria with a team of healthcare workers searching for the last remaining children in need of polio vaccinations. Along the way, Gupta will debunk common myths that discourage parents from vaccinating their children.
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Copyright date: ©2015
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