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Unprotected People Reports: Polio

Real-life accounts of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases

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FORMAT AGE TITLE SUMMARY PUBLISHED
HTML   PDF 6 yrs. "Polio Survivor Recalls Tragic Loss of Twin and Classmates" Report #105: Janice Flood Nichols, author of "Twin Voices: A Memoir of Polio, the Forgotten Killer," was diagnosed with polio as a child, as was her twin brother. Her twin brother was lost to the disease, but Janice survived and became one of the polio pioneers who were given the Salk vaccine in 1954. 5/9/13
HTML   PDF 22 yrs. "Unvaccinated U.S. adult traveling abroad contracts vaccine-associated paralytic polio through contact with a child vaccinated with OPV" Report #82: An Arizona woman contracted paralytic polio while traveling in Central and South American via contact with a child recently vaccinated with OPV. 2/6/06
HTML   PDF 8 yrs. "Polio victim entreats parents to say "yes" to vaccines" Report #28: Laura Lake recalls the fear and loneliness she felt when hospitalized for polio at age eight. 3/31/00
HTML   PDF 3 yrs. "I awoke one morning unable to walk" Report #5: Sharon Karber, a nurse working in public health, writes about her polio experience as a 3-year-old child in 1953. 11/9/98
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