Operation Ouch: Transylvania Residents Receive Vaccinations For Polio, Part II
Picturing The Past
Last updated 1/18/2021 at 3:22pm
Last week's "Picturing the Past," Transylvanians Organize in the Fight Against Polio, Part I, recounted the fight against polio and the fundraising efforts and search for a vaccine.
It is little wonder that the world celebrated when Dr. Jonas Salk announced in 1953 that he had developed a vaccine to prevent polio. In 1954, clinical trials of the Salk vaccine were carried out on over 2 million children throughout the United States. It wasn't until April 12, 1955, that it was announced the vaccine was effective. Shipments began immediately across the country.
Transylvania County did not wa...