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Some Of These Little Known Details About Elvis Will Make You See The King Of Rock In A Whole New Light

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Elvis helped combat polio

Elvis Presley

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When Elvis was challenged to get vaccinated against polio on live TV in 1956, he readily agreed. Cambridge University historian Stephen Mawdsley explained: “The Salk vaccine against polio had just been produced and young children were being vaccinated in their millions. However, teenagers, who were also vulnerable to polio, were not taking up the vaccine. Elvis was approached to provide publicity aimed at teenagers and agreed to help to put things right.”

After Elvis got his shot, the polio vaccination rate practically skyrocketed in a matter of months.

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