A Food and Drug Administration news release explains the agency’s efforts to reduce the threat of polio around the world. Although vaccines have pretty much eliminated the disease from America, that isn’t the case in the rest of the world, where certain countries are still privy to the disease. Kids under five are particularly at risk. To combat the threat, the FDA has been teaming with the World Health Organization since 1988, an effort that has reduced polio drastically. Last year found 223 people contracting polio, compared with 350,000 less than 25 years prior. But complete eradication remains just out of reach, which is why the FDA is looking into the adoption of new types of vaccines that that don’t carry the risk of mutating into a virus.
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