1.The Legislature finds and declares that:
a.There are estimated to be 1.63 million American polio survivors, 50,000 in New Jersey alone;
b.At least 70% of paralytic and 40% of non-paralytic polio survivors are developing post-polio sequelae, which consist of unexpected and often disabling symptoms, including overwhelming fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, sleep disorders, heightened sensitivity to anesthesia, cold and pain, and difficulty swallowing and breathing, and which occur 35 years after the initial poliovirus attack;
c.Post-polio sequelae can be treated and even prevented if polio survivors are taught to conserve energy and stop abusing poliovirus-damaged neurons, muscles and joints and are prescribed needed assistive devices;
d.Polio survivors have unique health problems, including sleep disorders, heightened sensitivity to anesthesia, cold and pain, and difficulty swallowing and breathing, which require special attention from medical professionals; and
e.It is in the public interest to make information about post-polio sequelae available to the general public through health care providers, so that polio survivors and their family members can learn about the various aspects of this condition.