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Lethbridge:   It may be a disease we rarely hear about in Canada thanks to immunization but, Polio still exists elsewhere in the world.  For that reason, the U-of-L Rotaract Club is joining worldwide efforts to make sure children around the world are immunized.

   It's the second year for the "Paint Your Pinkie Purple" campaign, which began on Monday and runs through Thursday. Students are asked to dip their pinkies in purple ink, the symbol of immunization campaigns, where kids get their fingers stamped as a way to count that they have been  immunized. 

  The U-of-L club has also put out a jar in the Student Union building to collect spare change.  It costs just 60-cents to immunize a child against polio.

  Worldwide, polio cases have dropped 99-per cent and five million children have been saved from paralysis.  However, in 2009, there were almost 1,700 polio cases reported, mostly in under-developed countries.

Photo of student Sara Kotelniski courtesy of University of Lethbridge

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 4/16/2014 4:09:58 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News
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