Eradication of Polio

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, began at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada, and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo. As a result of successful trials, on April 12, 1955, researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective, and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America.

Millions of dollars and hours of research resulted in the eradication of polio. That meant that children of my generation no longer had to worry about suffering from this dreaded disease.

But there is another disease for which man still has no cure. It’s called sin. Fortunately, God stepped in and did for man what he could not do for himself. Through the death of his son on the cross, an eternal cure for sin has been provided. That is why Jesus could say, from the cross, “It is finished.”

Your children and grandchildren don’t have to worry about polio. And thanks to Jesus, we no longer have to worry about sin either.

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