SHSU Polio Prevention Activities

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SHSU Polio Prevention Activities

Published on January 16, 2015 by Larry Crippen

Polio, a deadly virus that many believe had been nearly eradicated because of vaccinations, has more recently had a resurgence in the Middle East and Africa, sparking public health officials to warn Americans that, like with the recent Ebola scare, the polio virus is just a plane ride away.

To raise awareness and critically needed funds to help fight the crippling disease, Sam Houston State University has joined with the Huntsville Rotary Club to host a series of events on Jan. 29.

SHSU’s activities will feature four main events, beginning with an iron lung display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area. Students can stop by the information table—staffed by student organizations—where donation jars will be used to see which college raises the most money.

At noon, faculty, staff and community members can learn more about worldwide polio vaccination efforts over a complimentary lunch in the LSC Ballroom.

Seating is limited, and those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to or to Williams at 936.294.1529.

Following lunch, a panel discussion on the logistics of global immunization, the history of disease eradication and the safety of modern vaccines will be held.  It will begin at 2 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Finally, the day will end with a 0.5k Fun Run/Walk in the LSC Mall Area at 4 p.m.

For more information, or to donate online, visit

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