Holly had polio in 1942; here’s what she wants you to know.
Before the polio vaccine was available, an average of 50,000 cases were reported in the United States each year. Polio was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century with annual epidemics, primarily during the summer months. This often left thousands of victims — mostly children — permanently in braces, crutches, wheelchairs or in iron lungs.
Although the U.S. has been successful at eliminating polio, it is still occurring in parts of the world and therefore we must continue to vaccinate to protect our children.
For the most protection against polio, your children need to receive all of the recommended doses of the polio vaccine. The CDC recommends four doses of IPV for children at:
– 2 months
– 4 months
– Between 6 and 18 months
– Between 4 and 6 years old