The Polio Vaccine

discovered and released in 1955

America's Greatest Fear

3,145 people died in 1952 to polio disease . Jonas Salik discovered the first successful inactive vaccine. Born in New York City to Jewish parents, he attended New york University School Of Medicine , later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician.

More About The Polio Diease

Polio disease or infantile paralysis, is a infectious disease caused by the polio virus. Approximately 90% to 95% of infections cause no symptoms. Another 5 to 10 % of people have minor symptoms such as: fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, neck stiffness and pains in the arms and legs.