This pin urged people to “Fight Infantile Paralysis.” And that’s exactly what a large group of children pitched in to do. In 1954, 1.8 million American school children participated in a national trial of the new polio vaccine. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now the March of Dimes) supported both the development of the vaccine and the subsequent trial. More than 300,000 people carried out the work. School children served as the test population. The “Polio Pioneers” got a card, a pin, and a piece of candy for their participation. This week, our #AmericaParticipates theme focuses on health—what we do to keep ourselves and each other healthy. #MedHist #HistMed #MedTech #Vaccination #Polio #HealthHistory @worldhealthorganization @cdcgov
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