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First mass inoculation for polio

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First mass inoculation for polio

Sixty years ago, one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century was essentially vanquished.

That was when Jonas Salk's polio vaccine became available, and the first experimental doses were given to children. No one who didn't live through the era of polio epidemics can fully understand the intense fear the disease caused and the immense relief that accompanied the successful vaccine trials. But for those whose lives and limbs were spared by Salk's research, he was a great hero.

Today we remember the excitement that accompanied the announcement of the polio vaccine, six decades ago.

Feb. 23, 1954 | Clinical Trials Begin for Jonas Salk’s Polio Vaccine

PBS | A Science Odyssey: Salk produces polio vaccine

Smithsonian Institution: Whatever happened to polio?

The Atlantic: How good is the polio vaccine?