Polio? Are you kidding me?

“Nurses with iron lung” by Marquette University is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

I’m old enough to remember the scourge of polio back in the 1950s.  It terrified us all.  Not just because it could kill you, but it could instead leave you crippled or worse even if you lived.  When Dr. Jonas Salk developed a polio vaccine in the mid-1950s, it was a huge step forward and answered the prayers of millions of Americans.  I remember my Mother dragging me to get vaccinated as soon as it became available.  I hated shots then, but it was so important that my objections were ignored.  When Dr. Albert Sabin developed the oral polio vaccine, I got that too.

Polio was officially eradicated in the United States in 1994.  It still exists “in the wild” in only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Until now.

A new case of paralytic polio has been discovered in New York.  And polio has been detected in that community’s sewage, leading the Centers for Disease Control to speculate that there are probably hundreds of additional cases in that area.

What is going on?

Nobody knows for sure where this case originated.  But CDC experts and others think it could all spin out of control very quickly.  Most Americans have been vaccinated.  But not all.  And many of our uninvited guests are not vaccinated and are likely to be the first casualties.

It must be stopped now!  And the outrageous inflow of unvaccinated at our Southern Border must end.