As parents are preparing to send their children back to school in the fall, their most important task is making sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date. Although we have had vaccinations since the 1950’s, infectious diseases like whooping cough, measles and influenza still exist in the United States.
March of Dimes has taken an instrumental role from the beginning through fundraising and research. In 1955, Dr. Salk developed the first polio vaccine followed by Dr. Sabin in 1962. Since the previous collaborations were successful, March of Dimes worked with Dr. Apgar, who developed the vaccine for rubella in 1970.
Currently, the March of Dimes is partnering with Sanofi-Pasteur (vaccination group of a pharmaceutical company) in the “Sounds of Pertussis” campaign encouraging parents, other relatives and caregivers to get Pertussis booster shots. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that can be possible fatal in babies if they are infected unknowingly.
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