Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 1, 1964


The oral polio vaccine program in the Saranac Lake area will enter its “kickoff” phase Sunday when the students of Paul Smith's College and the residents of the Paul Smiths area will be given the drops on sugar cubes, at the Buxton gymnasium on the college campus.

The doors of the gymnasium will open at noon and until 5:30 the students and residents of Gabriels, Keeses Mills, Otisville, Lake Clear and other communities in that area will be offered the polio-prevention drops.

Dr. Bradley Sageman, of Saranac Lake, chairman of the program, also advised that the Paul Smiths College “feeding” station Sunday will offer its services to persons in Saranac Lake or elsewhere in the area who do not expect to be on hand for the “feeding” at St. Bernard's Church Hall and at the Vermontville School on Oct. 11 between noon and 6 p. m. Similarly, persons in the Paul Smiths area unable to attend the Oct. 4 session at the college may come to Vermontville or Saranac Lake on Oct. 11.

In all “feedings”, doctors, nurses, nurses' aids, pharmacists and volunteers will be on hand help dispense the vaccine drops and sugar and to insure that everything is done in safe and orderly manner. Drops are available for diabetics so that they will not have to take sugar.

The program is part of a county-wide effort to eradicate polio. Fifteen thousand units of vaccine have been shipped to the Sealtest offices in Saranac Lake where they are being kept under a ten-degree-below-zero temperature until needed.

Note:  Described here was the Sabin vaccine, given orally on sugar cubes.