1916: New York City struggled to control an epidemic of poliomyelitis. Nine thousand cases of the infectious disease, also called infantile paralysis, were reported; 2,343 people died. Most of the victims were children.
Tag archive: Polio
1997: India mobilised millions of health workers and volunteers at hundreds of thousands of vaccination posts to immunise the country’s children against polio. On 18 January, 127.3 million children were immunised in a single day.
Source: The Lancet, 31 May 1997
1993: Deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States: diphtheria, 156 in 1953 and none in 1993; whooping cough, 270 in 1953 and one in 1993; tetanus, 337 in 1953 and 11 in 1993; paralytic polio, 1,450 in 1953 and none in 1993.