50 Years Ago

Polio could return after near eradication

Excerpt from the June 13, 1964, issue of Science News Letter

4:39pm, May 29, 2014

NO POCKETS OF POLIO — The pockets of polio left in this country can be wiped out if every newborn baby is immunized. “We need a door-bell ringing campaign in the poorer sections where vaccination is ignored,” Dr. Donald A. Henderson, surveillance chief of the U.S. Public Health Service’s Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Ga., told SCIENCE SERVICE…. Dr. Albert B. Sabin, University of Cincinnati Medical Center scientist who developed the Sabin oral live-virus polio vaccine that in three years has been used for more than 250 million persons, ... says that “systematic ongoing programs” with oral vaccines must be kept in operation for the new generations of children if polio is to be eliminated. — Science News LetterJune 13, 1964

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