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 … Continue reading

Dwight D. Eisenhower
[Text] President Eisenhower on Distributing the Polio Vaccine


I would like to issue the following statement about the polio vaccine situation. The last week has been both eventful and encouraging. A committee of scientists is now screening polio vaccine before it is released for public use. The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service tells me that it … Continue reading

Dwight D. Eisenhower
[Text] Eisenhower Thanks Jonas Salk for the Polio Vaccine

Yousuf Karsh

Citation read by the President on April 22, 1955 in the Rose Garden. Because of a signal and historic contribution to human welfare by Dr. Jonas E. Salk in his development of a vaccine to prevent paralytic poliomyelitis, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States, on behalf of … Continue reading