By: Claire Enyart
Paralytic Polio, the most serious form, has similar symptoms to non-paralytic Polio except the pain is in the spinal cord and brain stem. You can lose reflexes, have loose and floppy limbs and severe muscle aches and weaknesses.
Post-Polio syndrome is the least severe kind of Polio. If you have Post-Polio Syndrome, you will experience muscle or joint weakness and pain, breathing and swallowing problems or depression or mood swings.
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History of Polio
There have been many famous people that have been infected with Polio. Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with Polio in 1921 and later died on April 12, 1945. Donald Sutherland and Alan Alda still have Polio and are still living.
There are two different Polio vaccines. The first vaccine was made by Jonas Salk, and was first tested in 1952. It was announced on April 12, 1955. The oral vaccine was created by Albert Sabin and was licensed in 1962 Polio cases have decreased 99 percent. In 1988, there were over 350,000 cases. In 2013, there were 416 reported.
Two very important parts of Polio history were the Iron Lung and the March of Dimes. The Iron Lung was created in 1927. Philip Drinker and Louis Agassiz Shaw made this at Harvard University. The march of Dimes is a nonprofit Organization that was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt and was established in 1938.
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