Polio Revisited serves as a call to action to all 50+ Americans about the impact of Polio and the risks of not vaccinating their children and grandchildren
Wahington (PRWEB) October 24, 2008
Retirement Living TV (RLTV), the first network dedicated to adults 50+, presents Polio Revisited, a one-hour documentary that revisits the height of Polio in America and sheds light on the potential of the disease to return and afflict at risk children. It also draws attention to the rarely discussed challenge of Post Polio Syndrome (P.P.S).
Scheduled to premiere today, October 24, 2008 at 2 p.m. on "World Polio Day", the documentary was created under RLTV's award-winning Healthline franchise.
Polio Revisited examines the highly infectious viral disease that has infamously caused paralysis and in some cases death for scores of people, nationally and internationally. It shows how socioeconomics, religion and the belief that Autism is caused by early childhood vaccines keeps American parents from vaccinating approximately one million children (Center for Disease Control).
Though most Americans believe it was eradicated once Jonas Salk's vaccine became available, the vaccine is no cure and the threat of Polio is still real. Medical experts in the documentary report on isolated cases of Polio that are popping up again in both American children who have failed to be immunized and by American tourists who have contracted the virus during their travels.
A timeline in Polio Revisited states that in the height of its reign in 1952 there were 58,000 recorded cases. And now decades later, some Polio victims who thought they had recovered are finding that their old symptoms are returning in the form of P.P.S.
The documentary also features Dr. Julius Youngner, the last surviving member of the Salk dream team, rare footage of Franklin D Roosevelt at Warm Springs, vintage Hollywood celebrity PSA's, and first-hand accounts from Polio victims including the last televised interview with Dianne Odell, who talks about what it is like to spend 58 years of her life in an iron lung.
"Polio Revisited serves as a call to action to all 50+ Americans about the impact of Polio and the risks of not vaccinating their children and grandchildren," said Elliot Jacobson, VP of Programming and Production, RLTV. "This is not a disease of the past nor one only of concern to foreign nations. It is a real threat to our future."
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