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New Postage Stamp Honors Polio Vaccine Developer

Published March 2006

Albert Sabin, MD, whose oral, live-virus polio vaccine has saved thousands of children worldwide from the crippling disease, is to be honored with a new, 87-cent U.S. postage stamp.

Dr. Sabin, who died in 1993, was on the faculty of UC College of Medicine and on the staff of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation when he began testing the vaccine in 1957. After being adopted widely around the world, the vaccine became available for use in the United States in 1963.

UC Academic Health Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the issuance of the new stamp at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Rieveschl Auditorium at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, where U.S. Postal Service officials will present enlarged images of the Sabin stamp to his widow, Heloisa Sabin, and to UC and CCHMC.

UC's image of the stamp will be displayed beside the permanent Sabin exhibit in the Vontz Center atrium. The stamp will go on sale at U.S. post offices that same day.

Dr. Sabin began his biomedical research in 1926 at New York University. From 1939 to 1969, he was an associate professor of pediatrics, professor of research pediatrics and Distinguished Service Professor at UC.

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