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Publish Date: 04/14/00
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Sabin Polio Vaccine Anniversary Events

Albert B. Sabin, MD, changed history when he developed the live oral polio vaccine while on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and staff of Children's Hospital Medical Center. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sabin's vaccine discovery that made possible the worldwide eradication of polio, saving millions of children from the virus' crippling effects. Anniversary events are scheduled for April 28 and 29.

Sheila Stuckey, who works at the Mayfield Clinic, knows a great deal about polio because she is a polio survivor. "It is important we celebrate the anniversary of the Sabin polio vaccine because it was a lifesaving breakthrough when the vaccine was developed and his work continues to save lives today," says Stuckey.

During this time of celebration it is also important to recognize what is being done for people with polio. Stuckey is part of The Polio Connection, a local support group for polio survivors. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at Children's Hospital Medical Center. For more information about The Polio Connection call Earl Laycock at (513) 891-7662. The following events are planned to celebrate the work of Sabin in our community.

Friday, April 28, 7:30 a.m. to noon
Scientific Symposium
Medical Sciences Building, Kresge Auditorium

Experts from Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, UNICEF, and leading researchers from Duke University and The University of Miami will discuss vaccines and infectious diseases.

Friday, April 28, 1:10 p.m.
Dedication of Albert Sabin Way
(formerly Bethesda and Elland avenues)
The dedication will be held on the plaza in front of the Medical Sciences Building. Mayor Charles Luken will preside over the dedication.

Friday, April 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Community Symposium on infectious diseases
Medical Sciences Building, Kresge Auditorium

A panel of experts from the UC College of Medicine and Children's Hospital will lead a discussion about the fields of AIDS, polio, rotavirus, cytomegalovirus, herpes, hepatitis, and vaccines. Jim Scott, 700 WLW, will moderate.

Saturday, April 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
"Sabin Saturday"
Cincinnati Museum Center

This event celebrates the work of Sabin remembering the "Sabin Sundays" when the polio vaccines were distributed to children in Greater Cincinnati. Information about polio will be shared and an iron lung will be on display. Magicians, clowns, and face painters will be on hand to entertain children.

Events are sponsored by UC College of Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Delta Air Lines, Inc. Additional support has been provided by Rotary Club of Cincinnati, part of Rotary International, UC Physicians, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., and Cincinnati Museum Center. For more information about the events call (513) 558-3863.

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