In 1952, approximately 57,628 cases of polio were reported in the worst recorded polio epidemic in US history. Parents felt helpless. Footage of children confined to iron lung machines dominated the newsreels.
When large-scale polio immunizations were administered to children in the fall of 1955, parents willingly permitted their children to line up in their elementary schools for the vaccination.
The mass implementation of Jonas Salk’s vaccine has wiped out polio in the US.
No one complained as immunizations against common and potentially dangerous childhood diseases like measles, mumps and German measles (MMR) became available — except those who feared the needle’s sting.