Polio, or poliomyelitis, is an infectious viral disease that can strike at any age and affect a person's nervous system. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, polio crippled more than 35,000 Americans each year. One of the most-feared diseases in the 20th century, it caused widespread panic.
Although polio is uncommon in most of the world, it still exists in a few countries in Asia and Africa. Before traveling to any of these areas, a traveler may need a one-time booster shot well before the departure date to ensure complete protection. See a health care professional or call the Seneca County Health District at (419) 447-3691 or (419) 435-6673. The Centers for Disease Control also has timely travel health information on its website.