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After rare polio case, Rockland County offering vaccine clinics

Vials of COVID vaccine
Vials of COVID vaccine (WAMC file photo)

In the five days after Rockland County reported a case of polio in a county resident — the first recorded in the U.S. in nearly a decade — the county administered nearly 400 vaccines to residents.

Polio is a viral disease that can affect the nervous system and cause muscle weakness. But the county says many children are behind on immunizations. To discuss polio and monkeypox, WAMC spoke with Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.