Parent Category: Diocesan Life
Polio, also known as infantile paralysis, was a major health issue in the 1950s. The disease affected mainly young children and could cause paralysis, shrunken limbs or death. At its height in 1952, the disease infected 57,000 people, resulting in 21,000 cases of paralysis and 3,000 deaths. A vaccine was produced in 1955, effectively eradicating polio in the United States. The following article, which appeared in The Western Catholic on March 25, 1951, provides suggestions about avoiding the disease.