How does one play the Polio Game?
- One ignores that in 1949 there was a simple and cheap cure for polio if anyone happened to become ill.
- One ignores that polio was actually one of the least serious of infectious diseases and of those who did catch it, only 1% were left paralyzed.
“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.
- One ignores what actually happened when the vaccine was introduced.'