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Canadian Public Health Association

History Through Our Eyes: Feb. 26, 1954, fighting polio

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Montreal Gazette



In the first half of the 20th century, polio — short for poliomyelitis — crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until a vaccine was introduced in 1955. The disease peaked in Canada in 1953 with nearly 9,000 cases and 500 deaths, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.

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