How Elvis Helped America Eliminate Polio

Interesting… but not a chance in hell I am taking


H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

The rock star’s much-publicized vaccination inspired reluctant U.S. teens to get inoculated.

Elvis receives polio vaccine in 1956

He is setting a fine example for the youth of the country,” said a public health official after the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll received a vaccine on the set of “The Ed Sullivan Show” in October 1956. (Photo by Seymour Wally / NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images).

The first time Elvis Presley performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” some 60 million people—more than a third of the United States’ then-population of 168 million, notes Joanne Kenen for Politico—tuned in. One month after this record-breaking appearance, the King returned to the variety show, delivering rousing renditions of “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” But before he took to the stage that day, October 28, 1956, Elvis posed for the press as he received a 

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