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Polio – Beginning Of The End

by Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco

I was in 1st grade when the polio vaccine first became available. My mom, who was a polio survivor, was so scared that my sister and I would come down with polio. As soon as the vaccine became available, my mother allowed me to walk a mile and a half through our village from my parochial school to the public school where the polio shots were being given.

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Saved By The Vaccine

by Trish Parnell

I know the value of vaccination because I’ve seen it in action. When the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic hit, there was no vaccine immediately available to prevent infection. The virus was hard on teenagers—in our town, the middle schools and highs schools were half empty for weeks that winter. We’d never seen anything like it.

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We Love Our Grandchildren

by Lynn Bozof

When it comes to vaccine-preventable diseases, I’ve had good times and I’ve had one very bad time. The good times were when we prevented what we could prevent, and our family was as healthy as can be. The bad time, which haunts me always, is the loss of my son to meningitis—a vaccine-preventable disease.

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