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Polio Ward Photo This photo from the 1930s shows a hospital's polio ward where children were placed in iron lungs to assist their breathing. Polio epidemics were a frequent occurrence in the first half of the 20th century in industrialized countries. They were actually a strange bi-product of affluence. By the beginning of the 20th century, a significant amount of babies were being born in the antiseptic conditions of hospitals rather than at home. This meant that many infants were not exposed to the polio virus and thus did not build up an immunity to it. Therefore when they were exposed to it later in life, they were vulnerable. Although the disease mostly afflicted children, adults were not necessarily immune. (President Franklin Roosevelt was crippled by polio at age 39.) The polio virus moved from one person to the next via human bodily fluids. Children who sneezed and coughed were the main culprits. The first symptoms varied. Sometime people had runny noses, sore throats, or aches. However, the minor discomforts could quickly change to partial paralysis if it struck one's central nervous system. Whenever a major polio outbreak hit, many public facilities such as swimming pools and parks would shut down. The last major outbreak occurred in 1952. By the mid-1950s the Salk and Saban vaccines had done much to eradicate the virus from North America.
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Added: 16th June 2015
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Posted by: Steve on 2015-06-18 
Now crazy parents are not getting their kids immunized over stupid misinformation on the internet.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-18 
Yep. It happens in Canada too. Every school year there are letters sent home to remind a huge percentage of parents that their children really aren't allowed in school until they can present proof of immunization. Some parents cite religious objections to immunizations--and get away with it. That's not so great if the kid becomes a carrier of some horrible disease and infects his/her classmates.
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