Polio (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics) 2nd Edition by Alan Hecht

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The slow development of the virus in the vaccinated individual allows the immune system to create antibodies before a true case of the disease can make the person ill. This technique is also used to create the measles vaccine. The work of Salk and Sabin will be described in more detail in Chapters 4 and 5. Another type of vaccine is called the subunit vaccine. This is made by isolating the antigens or parts of the antigens of the infectious organism and introducing these to the patient. Today vaccines made in this way are used to fight against meningitis, pneumonia, whooping cough (also known as pertussis), and a serious childhood respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Although he is permanently disabled by his condition and must continue to use leg braces and crutches to get around, Perlman is a world-renowned muscian who loves to share his talent with others. He has even appeared on Sesame Street. Perlman’s dedication to his craft was described in an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle. A description of how hard it is for him to negotiate the stage makes it clear just how much he loves his music and does not let having had polio interfere with his ability to perform.

He took the offer and the rest is history. Incidentally, Mayor Dail was himself a victim of polio. 2 In this 1954 photo, Jonas Salk administers his polio vaccine to a young girl. The polio vaccine went through extensive field testing before it was released to the general public in 1955. (© Bettmann/CORBIS) After his phenomenal success with the polio vaccine, Salk did not rest. He spent several years writing. In 1972, he released Man Unfolding, a book that focused on the pattern of order 47 48 polio in living things.

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