Poliomyelitis Immunization: A European Point of View

April 1979
Clinical Pediatrics;Apr1979, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p250
Academic Journal
The article focuses on immunization of poliomyelitis in Europe. In the past 20 years, this disease has practically disappeared from Europe and North America. The trend in those countries has been to utilize almost exclusively Sabin's live vaccine and gradually to abandon the use of Salk's killed vaccine. In three European countries, Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands, killed vaccine is the only one used and poliomyelitis has disappeared as quickly as in countries where live vaccines is given. Some cases of poliomyelitis are ascribed to the live vaccine. These cases have been observed in various countries, but most data have been gathered about those in the U.S.


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