By : Caleb Callahan and Jonah France


  • Polio or Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that can affect the nerves and can partial or fully paralysis you.


The polio virus is highly contagious virus spread through being coughed on someone with polio or being sneezed on someone with polio. In most cases polio causes temporary paralysis but in extreme cases it is permanent.

3 types of polio

Relation to the book

In the book Jame's grandmother had polio.

Dr. Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk was a medical researcher and virologist, the study of viruses. He was born October 28, 1914. He created the first polio vaccine in 1953. He also confirmed there were three types of polio. He first tested the polio vaccine on his family.

Iron Lung

The iron lung helps people that have paralytic polio breathe. They need this because paralytic polio usually paralysis the lungs or heart so they need help to breathe correctly. Other wise they would die.