Elvis Presley Got the Polio Vaccine on TV in 1956 to Boost Confidence in Shots

December 22, 2020

The year was 1956, and the nation was in turmoil as it faced another epidemic - polio. A vaccine was just approved but like now, many were skeptical about getting the shot. So the king of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley, agreed to get the vaccine backstage at the Ed Sullivan show. Afterward, the rate of teens getting the vaccine went from 0.6% to 80%! Inside Edition spoke to Ruth Taber, the Health Department worker who asked him to do it. She is now 91

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