Jonas Salk, 1955, University of Pittsburgh - The initial breakthrough that led to the eventual eradication of polio throughout most of the world is credited to Dr. Jonas Salk and his team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who developed the first polio vaccine.
Jonas Salk Oct 1914-June 1995 Discoverer of the polio vaccine. I remember those days we were scared for all our children bacause polio seemed to strike from nowhere. Salk believed that protective immunity could be induced without infection by a living virus such as those used in the vaccines against smallpox and rabies. In developing the influenza vaccine, he had observed that protection could be established using noninfectious, inactivated (killed) viruses.
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