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Walt Orenstein

Title Associate Director
Organization Emory Vaccine Center

Dr. Walter Orenstein is a professor and Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University. He previously served as director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Program and consulted on polio eradication programs for the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. 

Posts By Walt Orenstein

No Country Is Safe Without Global Eradication of Polio

To follow is an editorial about the 2011 polio outbreak in China and what needs to be done to achieve eradication globally. It appears in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Polio in Syria: An Urgent Reminder To End Polio At Its Source

I was saddened to learn yesterday of a tragic development in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The World Health Organization reports that polio, a crippling and often deadly virus, has resurfaced 14 years after being driven from the country. Thankfully, the Syrian Ministry of Health and its regional counterparts appear to grasp the threat posed by the outbreak and have sprung into action. A vaccination campaign is already underway in the affected area, the first of many planned for the country and region in the coming weeks.

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What Is Polio Anyway?

Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can quickly cause paralysis. Thanks to global immunization campaigns, polio has been reduced by 99 percent globally, and eradication is within reach. We've even provided this handy and visually pleasing infographic to give you a better sense of how close we really are.

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Eradicating Polio

We are so close to eradicating polio. This crippling disease, which largely has been forgotten in the United States and Europe because of successful vaccination programs, still threatens children in a number of places around the world.

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Polio Eradication and the Power of Vaccines

Today, Bill Gates and a panel of experts met at the Roosevelt House in New York City to launch Bill’s annual letter and to discuss the extraordinary progress in the fight to eradicate polio and the enormous lifesaving potential of vaccines.

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