Immunization against Polio Cincinnati, Using Oral Vaccine SOF & Sil. Neg. Trims 1960
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Outtakes of a special news segment covering the administration of the polio vaccine to groups of children in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1960.
News footage depicting nurses administering the oral vaccine for polio in 1960, at the 12th Street Health Center, Cincinnati Board of Health.
A reporter is shown documenting the momentous occasion for television, and he tries to make small talk with the children after a few of them have taken the vaccine. Groups of kids are shown waiting in line with their mothers to take the vaccine, as nurses administer the dosage one by one; other nurses updating the immunization cards.
The second part of the film features an interview with Dr. Albert Sabin (developer of the oral vaccine for polio), who shares that despite reports of a perceived reluctance amongst the general public to take the vaccine, many showed up and brought their children. The vaccine was given for free, and more than 20,000 children were given the vaccine on the first day. The doctor notes that the vaccine is essential in eradicating polio, and he goes on to vouch for the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.