A brother's disease. A mother's worry. A daughter's vaccine.
Georgie Wiggins wrote letters — first to the queen of England, then to the prime minister, the minister of health, and all the way down to her local hospital staff — trying to make sure her daughter, Amanda, was one of the first children in the United Kingdom to receive the polio vaccine.
Later, their family lived in Zambia helping administer medical aid, including vaccines, to those in need. Georgie’s fierce belief in science and vaccines was depicted in how she lived.
Recently, the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) caught up with Georgie’s daughter, Amanda McIntosh, to talk about Georgie’s life, why vaccines were so important to her, and how her efforts to show that importance affected her family.