What Changes Has The Vaccine Had Upon Australian Society? Essay

1077 Words Jun 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Immanuel History Project

Polio was a shocking disease in the 1960, affecting large numbers of the population. What changes has the vaccine had upon Australian society?

“The highest recorded incidence of poliomyelitis in the country Australia was 39.1 per 100,000 population was in 1938”- http://www.ncirs.edu.au/immunisation/fact-sheets/polio-fact-sheet.pdf. Polio was a highly contagious virus that entered the body through the mouth. The virus spread across Australia taking the lives of many people or damaging there health since 1930. The disease originated in New England in the 1890’s then speeding to other European countries and after the war then spreading to Australia. Polio was an untreatable virus as over 75% of suffers did not show any symptoms, many alternatives were attempted to stop the contamination of the disease. As Australia did not have the medical experts or scientist to contain the virus many people were affected or even killed by the virus. The Salk vaccine was developed until the late 1950’s by an American scientist, the vaccine is now an injection that is given at a young age.

In 1930 polio was a highly contagious disease that spread across the country rapidly that then lead to the loss of muscle function, breathing problems or sometimes even death. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155580.php, 19/05/2015. The first appearance of polio disease was in the 1890’s in New England, from there the disease spread at a rapid rate around the country then…

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