Polio Vaccines

The first polio vaccines were licensed in the 1950s and ’60s by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin.

My uncle got polio just before the vaccine was developed. He was hospitalized for six months, almost didn't survive, and lived with atrophied muscles in one of his legs.
My uncle got polio just before the vaccine was developed. He was hospitalized for six months, almost didn’t survive, and lived with atrophied muscles in one of his legs.

Together, they have helped us get to the point where we are close to eradicating polio.

We are not quite there yet though.

Today, in the United States, after thirty years of using the live, oral polio vaccine, we are once again using polio shots because of the risk of VAPP.

Infants get their first doses at two and four months and a third dose in the primary series between six and 18 months. A booster dose is give between four to six years.

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