Stoke on Trent City Public Health Notice

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Date:12th of July 1957

Description:Vaccination Against Poliomyelitis. In 1959, the sudden death of Jeff Hall, the Birmingham City and England international footballer, created near panic in the United Kingdon. Vaccines had to be flown in from the USA to meet the demand of parents who thought that if a fit England footballer could be struck down with a killer disease then their children should get the vaccine as quickly as possible. Prior to1959 the uptake of the vaccinations had been slow. Schools were instructed to escort young children who could not go on their own to a local Health Clinic.

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