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Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio

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Two polio cases have been reported in Ukraine, where some parents are fearful of vaccinations. Above: A child receives the diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus vaccine in a children's hospital in Kiev. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP hide caption

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These two Portuguese language posters are pro-inoculation. The one at left, produced in 1977, says, "Vaccinate and protect the children." The one at right, from '87, sends a similar message, noting that vaccination offers an opportunity for every youngster. National Library of Medicine hide caption

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A child is vaccinated in Makadara Health Clinic, Nairobi, Kenya. Greg Warner/NPR hide caption

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Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines

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At the health clinic in Minjibir, Nigeria, a child is immunized for polio. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Polio Is Active In Only 3 Countries. Soon It Could Be Down To 2

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In this 2012 photograph, Adamu Ali carries his 4-year-old son, Omar, who was stricken with polio earlier that year. They live in the Nigerian village of Minjibir. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Nigeria Is On The Verge Of Bidding Goodbye To Polio

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 of Guinea worm patients Sadia Mesuna (right) and Fatawu Yakubu at a center for patients in Ghana. Louise Gubb/Courtesy of The Carter Center hide caption

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The documentary film, "Every Last Child," chronicles the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Women play a key role — they're welcome in homes to share information, while men are not. Courtesy of "Every Last Child" hide caption

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A child receives a polio vaccine during National Immunization Days in the Nigerian city of Kano. Diego Ibarra Sanchez /Courtesy of Rotary Foundation hide caption

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