Polio Vaccine : An Infectious Disease

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“A 1916 Polio epidemic in the United States killed 6,000 people and paralyzed 27,000 more” (“Polio Vaccine”). This lead to the creation of the polio vaccine that has helped to prevent polio for a very long time. The IPV and OPV vaccines played a huge role in all of this. Jonas Salk, who created the IPV vaccine and Albert Sabin, who created the OPV vaccine saved millions of people all around the world from polio (Petersen, Jennifer B). The IPV and OPV polio vaccine helped eliminate polio from the United States and helped prevent polio in other parts of the world (“Polio Vaccine”). Polio is an infectious disease that has killed and paralyzed many people (Birth of Jonas Salk and the death of polio in India). It has taken the lives of many people. “In 1916 in the United States, polio killed 6,000 people” (“Polio Vaccine”). Polio has not only killed people but it has also paralyzed many people. “In 1916 in the United State, polio has paralyzed 27,000 people” (“Polio Vaccine”). Every year thousands of people are paralyzed by this infectious disease (“Polio Vaccine”). “Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract” (cdc.gov). “Polio can be spread by contact with stool of the infected person and enters the body through the mouth or nasal secretions” (vaccines.com). It brings flu like symptoms. Sometimes symptoms come then disappear but lead to paralysis (cdc.gov). Although not always life-threatening, paralysis

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