Many Gather to Celebrate 'Sabin Sunday'
Published May 2010
The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center—along with more than 120 guests—celebrated the anniversary of "Sabin Sunday” with an event April 23.
"Sabin Sunday” (Sunday, April 24, 1960) is noted as the historic date when more than 20,000 children in Hamilton County received the Sabin oral, live-virus polio vaccine in its first public distribution in the United States. This day kicked off a series of vaccine distributions that within two weeks reached over 180,000 of the region’s children ages 3 months to 6 years.
Albert Sabin, MD, developed the vaccine while on faculty at the UC College of Medicine and a member of the research staff at Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.
During the event, College of Medicine Dean David Stern, MD, reflected on the impact of Sabin’s work on the local community and the world.
Joining Stern with comments were Philip Russell, PhD, former chairman of the Sabin Vaccine Institute Board of Directors, Mark Dine, MD, a community pediatrician who distributed the Sabin vaccine in 1960, and David Bernstein, MD, a professor of pediatrics at UC and director of the infectious diseases division at Cincinnati Children’s.