Call to arms: how lessons from history could reduce the ‘immunisation gap’

Clare Hall Research Fellow, Stephen E. Mawdsley’s research on teenagers in the fight against polio has been published in the Journal of Cultural and Social History

Coinciding with World Immunisation Week, Dr Mawdsley’s research looks at how American teenagers in the 1950s were organised into volunteer divisions to fight polio and how these alliances led to an increase in vaccination awareness, asserted a cultural power and challenged negative stereotypes.

The video to accompany Dr Mawdsley's research also shows how Elvis Presley helped to raise awareness at a staged vaccination event in 1956.


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