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Description:This color sketch, which was drawn in 1962, showed the CDC’s national symbol of public health, the "Wellbee", and was created by CDC’s staff artist Harold M. Walker, who had previously worked as an animator in Hollywood, California.
CDC used the Wellbee in its comprehensive marketing campaign that used newspapers, posters, leaflets, radio and television, as well as personal appearances at public health events. Wellbee’s first assignment was to sponsor Sabin Type-II oral polio vaccine campaigns across the United States. Later, Wellbee’s character was incorporated into other health promotion campaigns including diphtheria and tetanus immunizations, hand-washing, physical fitness, and injury prevention. This artifact can be found in the Global Health Odyssey, which is the CDC’s museum featuring many various public health-related artifacts.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Mary Hilpertshauser
Creation Date:1962
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Links:CDC – Office of Communication; Global Health Odyssey Museum
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