Dr. Jonas Salk Honored On Stamp Part II Of II
Continuing from Wednesday…
Dr. Salk’s polio vaccine was comprised of the “killed” polio virus. It was considered very safe and effective. Immunizations were given in shot form, which some patients did not care for. A few years later, a “live” vaccine was created that was administered orally. United States public health officials decided to use the oral vaccine instead of Dr. Salk’s for a period of time with tragic results. Some patients who received the oral vaccine were infected with polio instead of being immunized against it.
Dr. Salk went on to write several books and founded the Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In the 1980’s he also worked on a vaccine for AIDS. Dr. Salk died on June 23, 1995. He was 80 years old.
It’s hard to imagine a world today, without the incredible scientific contributions of Dr. Jonas Salk.
On March 9, 2006, the United States Postal Service issued a 63 cent postage stamp to honor Dr. Jonas Salk. If you would like to add the Dr. Salk postage stamp to your collection, contact Stamp Center today. We offer free shipping to our US customers and $4.50 flat rate shipping to our international customers.