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Polio Survivor Recalls Era Before Salk Vaccine

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Polio Survivor Recalls Era Before Salk Vaccine

Children's Health

Polio Survivor Recalls Era Before Salk Vaccine

Polio Survivor Recalls Era Before Salk Vaccine

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Fifty years ago this week scientists announced the discovery of the polio vaccine. The disease — also known as infantile paralysis — affected thousands of children annually. Polio survivor Brian Fitzgerald tells Jennifer Ludden about his memories of the era before Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine.