Dr. Jonas Salk giving a young girl a polio vaccine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1955.
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Dr. Jonas E. Salk and a nurse administer a polio vaccine to Pauline Antloger.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Pioneering research led by Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh's Virus Research Laboratory led to production of the world's first polio vaccine in 1955. Subsequent inoculations of school children eradicated polio in the United States by 1962.

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