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October 24 is World Polio Day

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.

As a reminder of the impact of polio prior to the development of the vaccine, OPENPediatrics is featuring our Iron Lung video, which shares the history of the fight against this disease through a demonstration of the use of an iron lung that has been restored by Boston Children's Hospital.