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Polio Outbreak


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Posted by Barb on Tuesday, May 29th 2018:

In the early 50s, there was a polio outbreak. This episode was the push for a cure, and the Salk vaccine came out a few years later.

Many kids developed polio at this time and were paralyzed and/or ended up in iron lung machines or worse. We were forbidden to go to the Creek (which was ended at Avenue U and was across the street from Marine Park). This had been a favorite haunt for neighborhood boys and tomboys such as myself. The allure of this backwater, trash-laden, smelly inlet escapes me now. By the way, it later became "Kings Bay". I guess "The Creek" appellation just wouldn't do for its development.

Memories/additions/corrections?

Reference ID: BK95530



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