Defeating Polio

By: Allison Hydzik and Tim Betler

On April 12, 1955, headlines trumpeted the news that Dr. Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh had successfully developed a vaccine against polio. In light of the 60th anniversary, Dr. Donald S. Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, discusses the vaccine’s world-changing implications. He also explains what will be needed to eradicate the last few polio strongholds and how Pitt Public Health is in the middle of such efforts.