January 1954

News and Comment

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(1):117-118. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090117012

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ANNOUNCEMENTS  National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.—A nationwide study to determine the effectiveness of a polio vaccine in preventing paralytic polio will get under way in one or more southern states during the week of Feb. 8, 1954. Prior to this date, Dr. Jonas E. Salk, Research Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Pittsburgh—the research grantee of the National Foundation, who developed the vaccine—will have resumed his immunization studies in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with vaccination of 5,000 to 10,000 additional children. This was announced today by Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.In a gradually expanding program, more than 200 counties throughout the United States will be involved before the mass vaccination project ends by June 1, 1954. During that period, 500,000 to 1,000,000 school children of the second grade will have taken part in one of the largest studies of its kind ever undertaken.

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