Polio vaccine, London, England, 1994

Made:
1994 in London
maker:
The Wellcome Foundation Limited

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Doses of live BP Trivalent (sabin type) poliomyelitis vaccine, 9 of 10 (without packing), individually sealed in small
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Doses of live BP Trivalent (sabin type) poliomyelitis vaccine, 9 of 10 (without packing), individually sealed in small
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Box containing 10 doses of live BP Trivalent (sabin type) poliomyelitis vaccine, individually sealed in small plastic tubes, for oral administration to provide protection against poliomyelitis manufactured by The Wellcome Foundation Ltd, London, and supplied by Evans Medical Ltd, Leatherhead, England, 1994

This vaccine, which was made by The Wellcome Foundation Ltd, is used to protect against polio. The liquid vaccine can either be dropped on to the back of the tongue or swallowed on a sugar lump – a real life example of the old saying “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. This vaccine is known as a Sabin vaccine, named after its inventor, the American bacteriologist Albert Sabin (1906-1993). He developed the vaccine in the 1950s. Sabin’s vaccine was seen as a safer alternative to the previous Salk polio vaccine. It was also easier to administer than the Salk version, which required an injection.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1994-192
Materials:
cardboard, plastic
Measurements:
vaccine: 56 mm
type:
vaccine
taxonomy:
  • drug
credit:
Evans Medical Limited
status:
Permanent collection

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