The scene in Rockland County on Friday morning might well have been from a time capsule: residents rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated for polio, the highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease that has made an unexpected appearance in New York City’s suburbs.
The sudden interest in such inoculations came a day after the county authorities announced that a local adult, unvaccinated, had tested positive for the disease. The case prompted alarm from local officials and residents, some of whom couldn’t remember whether or not they had received the vaccine, which has been widely available since the 1950s.
Among them was Todd Messler, 64. He was one of 18 people who received shots at a pop-up clinic set up by the county health department in Pomona, N.Y., about 35 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.