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Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for Immunizations at the Arkansas Department of Health, will present an update on the effort to eradicate polio worldwide to Oaklawn Rotary Club on Monday.

The club will meet at noon Monday at The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa. Visiting Rotarians are welcome.

"Dillaha, a member of the West Little Rock Rotary Club, is deeply committed to Rotary International's efforts to eliminate polio. Her statewide role is to improve Arkansas' immunization rates, armed with subspecialty training in infectious diseases and geriatric medicine," a news release said.

On World Polio Day, Oct. 24, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and raise funds to recognize progress toward the "global fight to end polio."

Donations made at, will be matched two for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a longtime supporter of polio eradication.

The near-eradication of poliomyelitis, a crippling childhood disease, is "one of the great public health achievements of the last century, but polio transmission continues in three countries," the release said. "Rotary has played the lead role for the last 30 years in vaccinating more than 2.5 billion children since the start of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988."

Call 501-609-5464 for more information.

Society on 10/20/2019

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