History of Vaccines Blog
Video of the Week: "The Last Few Polio Survivors"
Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has almost been eradicated from the planet through the use of a safe and effective vaccine. Fifty-plus years ago, it ravaged children around the globe in an indiscriminate manner, leaving many of them unable to breathe on their own. For those who could afford it or have access to it, the Iron Lung was a way to keep breathing.
Predictions for 2027 at the Annual Conference for Vaccine Research
Polio: The Saddest Stories in Our Family
Today's blog post, written for National Immunization Awareness Month, is by P. Loughman.
60 Years of Polio Vaccines
Sixty years ago, on April 12, 1955, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the results of the largest clinical trial in history were announced. To the tremendous relief of a hopeful nation, Thomas Francis Jr., MD, revealed that the Salk inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine was “safe, effective, and potent” against paralytic polio.
My Life As A Polio Survivor
By Karen Chase
Author of POLIO BOULEVARD
Sixtieth Anniversary for Polio Pioneers
Sixty years ago tomorrow the largest clinical trial in history began. On April 26, 1954, thousands of U.S. schoolchildren rolled up their sleeves to take Jonas Salk’s inactivated poliovirus vaccine. Newspapers reported that Randall Kerr of McClean, Virginia, was the first child in the trial to get the shot.
Aylward at JHSPH: Eradicating Polio
On Friday, September 27, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health held its annual Vaccine Day. Bruce Aylward, MD, MPH, Assistant Director-General, Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration, World Health Organization, gave the keynote address. His title was "Eradicating Polio: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?"
Sioux City Polio Epidemic 1952
I was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, a town of about 80,000 people on the western edge of the state, where the Big Sioux and Floyd rivers join the Missouri.
American Presidents and Infectious Diseases
We've expanded and updated a popular post from 2012 by History of Vaccines former intern Alexandra Linn.