World Polio Day, 24 October, is an ideal time to raise public awareness of the ravages of polio and garner support for eradication efforts. — —October 24, marks the birth of Jonas Salk who was the leader of the team that invented a polio vaccine in 1955. — —In 1988 Albert Sabin developed an oral polio vaccine. — This is what we’re using today. It has reduced polio worldwide by 99%.