This image was captured in 2011, by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Communication Specialist, Alan Janssen, MSPH, during his tour of India, whereupon, he reviewed the communications elements of the polio eradication program in that region. The young boy pictured here, was displaying the pinkie finger on his left hand, for it had been marked with indelible purple ink after he had received his oral polio vaccination.
On March 27, 2014, Dr. Frieden and senior CDC immunization staff were present when India, along with the other 10 countries of the South East Asia Region, was certified polio-free. The country was once considered the most complex challenge to achieving global polio eradication. Four of the six regions of the World Health Organization have been certified polio-free: the Americas (1994), Western Pacific (2000), Europe (2002) and South East Asia (2014). 80% of the world’s people now live in polio-free areas.Right click here and select "Save Target As..." for hi-resolution image (11.65 MB)
CDC/ Alan Janssen, MSPH
Alan Janssen, MSPH
|Flickr – CDC Global Health - CDC's Alan Janssen travels to India to participate in a review of the communications element of the polio eradication program in November 2011|
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