The Polio Game

 

How does one play the Polio Game?
'According to Dr. Dennis H. Geffen, O.B.E.. M.D.. D.P.H., of every 100 people who become infected with the virus, 90 per cent, remain symptomless, 9 show some slight sign of disease, such as sore throat or stiffness of the neck, whilst only 1 develops definite paralysis.  He is reported in Public Health (March 1955) to have told the Metropolitan Branch, Society of Medical Officers of Health that:

“We are apt to forget that poliomyelitis is the least serious of all infectious diseases with the exception of that one complication or extension of the disease which destroys motor cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes paralysis. Apart from this it appears to be a mild infection lasting a few days, the symptoms of which are probably less serious than a cold in the head, and from which recovery is complete and immunity lasting. If we could be sure that an individual contracting poliomyelitis would not become paralysed then there might be much to be said for spreading the disease in order that a community might develop natural immunity.”
  • One ignores that polio was disappearing on its own before the introduction of the vaccine.
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  • One ignores what actually happened when the vaccine was introduced.'

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