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Salk Vaccine

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The first poliomyelitis-vaccine that could be produced in large quantities. It is based on formalin-inactivated virus from three types of poliomyelitis virus and induces immunity against the disease.
On March 11, 1953, Salk injected the seerum in himself, his wife and his three children. Three weeks later the vaccine’s effetiveness was proven – nobody got sick.

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