The fact that now a number of diseases that used to kill hundreds or even thousands of people a couple of centuries ago are now easily avoided with the help of a vaccination that takes place at an early age should not be a thing that we should take for granted. We should always remember the effects that such a disease can have on the human body and how devastating it can be. The aim of this article is to raise the level of awareness for cured diseases, such as polio.
The effects of polio on the body
The experience of one woman that caught polio back in the fifties, a couple of years before the vaccine became available, is a testament to how much damage this disease can do. As a little girl, the virus managed to damage her motor neurons in her left arm, which led to her not only being bullied by her peers but also feeling inferior due to her disability for a long time.
The meaning behind this story is to shed some light on the fact that vaccines have done a lot to shape modern society as we know it in which diseases like polio have been almost completely eradicated, leading to a better lifestyle.
Sometimes people believe that vaccines are only meant to prevent a disease and people need to be more aware of the fact that there is a direct link between preventing a disease and making sure that members of the community are in good health.
Countries that are well-developed should not decide to forget that being immunized is in some case a privilege that people from other countries do not have and that they should always be aware of the fact that they are given the change at a better life by preventing them from getting a disease that could be cured by a vaccine.