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A Paralyzing Fear

A Paralyzing Fear
1:30:00 | 1998

Categories: History, Health and Food

Seldom has society come full circle in the cycle of a disease from illness, to an epidemic to cure. Polio is the 20th century's most notable exception.

Every baby boomer remembers collecting dimes in their dime cards, hearing about the success of the Salk shot, and lining up for oral vaccine in a sugar cube. But few know the story of how polio came to America in 1916 and grew into the frightening epidemics of the 1940's and 50's when the diseases crippled tens of thousands of children every summer. Led by a president crippled by the virus himself, the battle against polio was the first, and perhaps most successful fight against a disease.

This fascinating story is told here using thousands of photographs and films along with interviews with polio survivors, their families, nurses, doctors, and community leaders, brining to life an America that was both brave and innocent= when people believed in scientists, government, and the power of every person in the fight to protect the children.


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March 13, 2015
Good movie but I was telling my daughter that the music drowned out the voices in parts of it. I remember polio -- my mother had it in 1941, just months before I was born. The doctors thought I might be immune to it because I was born so soon after she had it. My brother had a high school friend who was in an iron lung for a long time. I think he eventually got out of that but he died quite young. I had both kinds of vaccine. I got the Salk shot(s) in 1954 and then later, as a young adult, I took the Sabin sugar cubes. Thank God for those and other scientists who worked to hard to help get rid of that awful disease. And anyone who doesn't vaccinate their children for everything that's suggested is crazy. Protect your kids, have them vaccinated!
February 7, 2015
Good film, but the audio is all wrong at some points -- you can hardly hear the narrator's voice over the music.