Polio Vaccine
Polio Survivors Recount Contracting The Disease

Polio is an infectious disease spread from person to person. Polio can result in severe muscle weakness, most commonly involving the legs. In the 1950s, Jonas Salk created a polio vaccine that was used to vaccinate children across the United States. In this video, polio survivors recall coming down with the disease and how Polio impacted their lives. Says one survivor: “I was completely paralyzed from the neck down for about six weeks, and in the hospital, I guess, a good six months. And I remember I was quarantined. I couldn’t see my parents for those six weeks.”

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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