Story: Child and youth health

Treating polio, 1943 (2nd of 2)

Treating polio, 1943

Poliomyelitis (polio) was one of the most significant child and youth diseases of the first half of the 20th century. Effective vaccines were developed in the 1940s and 1950s, which eliminated polio in New Zealand. This child is being treated by a nurse at the Wilson Home for Crippled Children in Takapuna, Auckland.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000644-F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Child and youth health - Infectious diseases and immunisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Nov 2018