Medicine: Capsules, Oct. 17, 1955

¶ To combat a polio outbreak in Pearl Harbor, the Navy started inoculating some 22,000 married officers, sailors and marines and their families in the first mass Salk immunization of adults. So far, 19 people have been stricken, the majority of them with paralytic polio, and one pregnant service wife has died. Dr. Robert S. Poos, head of the Navy's Preventive Medicine Unit at Pearl Harbor, blames the outbreak on the mixing up of "new susceptibles and carriers from all over the world," wants to see the Salk vaccine made one of the compulsory shots given to servicemen and their dependents...

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