"In 1988 the World Health Assembly unanimously agreed to eradicate polio worldwide. As a result of global polio eradication efforts, there number of cases reported globally has decreased from > 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1988 to 2,000 cases of polio in 17 countries in 2006, and only four countries remain endemic (Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan). To date polio has been eliminated from the Western hemisphere, and the European and Western Pacific regions. Stopping vaccination
before eradication is achieved would result in a resurgence of the disease in the United States and worldwide."
69 children reportedly paralyzed due to disease associated with the vaccine - tragic.
A return to the days when 350,000 cases of polio occurred every year due to lack of vaccination
- an incomparably greater tragedy.