Protection, Kansas was the first town in the nation to be fully vaccinated against polio. Now it’s an epicenter of vaccine skepticism.

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Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example by making it the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio.

It’s a different story today.

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Today, some in the town of about 400 people insist that the federal government “invented” the coronavirus so that it could force people to take a vaccine containing a microchip that could track their movements, [72-year-old farmer and Protection resident Steve] Herd says.

In 1957, Herd says, “We didn’t have people who believed such crazy stuff.”

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