A Perspective on Polio: Then and Now

In the United States in the 1940’s through the 1950’s, polio was widespread, crippling over 35,000 people each year. The outbreak caused great panic, leaving parents fearful to let their kids play outside, reducing travel and commerce in high infected areas. In towns where polio cases were diagnosed, public health officials imposed quarantines in an effort to reduce the spread of the contagious disease.

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