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Why Did Elvis Presley Get Vaccinated on Live TV? – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Elvis Presley promoted the polio vaccine during an appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1956.



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The eradication of polio in the U.S. in the latter part of the 20th century has been attributed to many things but one component of the infectious diseases elimination might surprise you. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll himself, might have played a surprising role.
In the wake of widespread skepticism about the polio vaccine, Presley opted to get it himself just before an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Vaccination rates among American teenagers quickly shot up after famous…

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