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Re: The Big Health Scare(s)

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Posted by Nate Goldman on Tuesday, March 10th 2020:

In Reply to: The Big Health Scare(s) posted by Barb on Monday, March 9th 2020:

I remember the polio epidemic which was raging in the early to mid 1950's (as well as prior to that time). Thousands of kids were affected, and many expired. At P.S. 217, as summer approached, we were periodically given flyers warning us not to get too chilled, after going to a swimming pool However, there was very little else that we could do. We were elated, when in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine came on the market, and all of the kids were given that vaccine. Salk was truly a lifesaver, as he saved millions of children around the world, from that dreaded disease. I remember when Ike invited him to the White House, to express the gratitude of a grateful nation, for his successful research, regarding the prevention of polio. Later, Dr. Albert Sabin perfected the oral polio vaccine, which was given to babies. Today, polio has all but been eradicated, with the exception of some third world counties, which don't have good immunization programs. Regarding smallpox, until the late 1970's, we were required to receive a smallpox vaccine, in order to travel abroad. Smallpox has also been eliminated.

I hope that a vaccine wll be developed in the not too distant future, regarding this current epidemic, and that it can be contained and treated, in the meantime.

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