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Before he found a vaccine for polio, Dr. Salk was trying to cure influenza. Dr. Salk's last years were spent searching for a vaccine against AIDS.

In the 1950's, children by the thousands became infected with the crippling disease, poliomyelitis, or polio.

( infantile paralysis ) is a "disorder caused by a viral infection that affects the whole body, muscles, and nerves." If not treated quickly it could cause permanent damage or even in the most severe cases, death. This virus is transmitted by fluids that come out of the mouth or nose. Once it is transferred it multiplies in the throat and intestinal tract and then spreads to the blood.

Dr. Salk developed a vaccine against this dreaded disease

Salk Institute
A Science Odyssey
Polio Inforrmation Center

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