I’m Mike, a polio survivor from Northamptonshire. Last month, I celebrated World Immunisation Week with One Last Push. Here’s some highlights.



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During the week, we celebrated the legacy of Jeff Hall. It’s still so vivid in my memory: 60 years ago, Birmingham City right-back and local legend, Jeff Hall, contracted polio and was dead within a fortnight. Everyone was shocked. His death caused thousands to go and get their vaccine. Temporary clinics even opened to meet the demand. 


To mark the anniversary of his death, One Last Push commissioned a special mural in Digbeth, signed by representatives of Birmingham City F.C. pledging their support for polio eradication, globally.

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From Jeff’s face, to mine! A pop-up exhibition in Birmingham New St Station showcased a series of photographs and paintings of polio survivors, both in the UK and in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria where polio still hangs on.

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The week came to a close with the Polio Survivors Summit. Supporters of One Last Push from across the country, including fellow polio survivors and MPs, came together to pledge their commitment to polio eradication.  

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I contracted polio when I was two years old in 1940. Times were different then but polio is the same terrible disease it always was. Good job we’re so close to eradication.


We can get there with One Last Push.