Saturday, February 23, 2013

This Day in History February 23, 1954

My daughter has a morbid fear of vaccines, but as we know, vaccines are one of the best ways to protected against serious diseases.  Polio is one of those horrible diseases that most people don't have to worry about any more.  And it is all due to Dr. Jonas Salk's magnificent vaccine.  And it was on this date in 1954, that mass inoculations against this disease began.  In his home city of Pittsburgh, he essentially has a city-wide clinical trial of his vaccine, and 15,000 children were involved.  Because the results were so good, 1.8 million children from the U.S. and Canada were inoculated, and the rest is history.

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1 comment:

  1. I hate needle, like terrified, I have panic attacks when I know one is due but i'd rather have them than suffer with diseases that we can be protected again.


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