Yes, Polio reached epidemics back in the 40's and 50's. There were 3 kinds of the virus you could contract- Paralytic, Non-Paralytic and Bulbar. Alot of children that had Bulbar died from the Bulbar Polio.
Polio is still around do not be fooled- it is not totally eradicated - there have been some small cases yet in the US. We need to make sure ALL children are vaccinated for Polio. At one time it was called the 'Dread Disease'.
I had paralytic polio at the age of 4 and now have PPS which is caused by the damage that Polio left. Not everyone that had Polio will get PPS but they are still doing research. It is so frustrating to find a doctor who knows about Polio and the after affects- since Polio was thought to be a thing of the past... Funny how history can repeat itself.
Everyone that I have contact with that had Polio and have PPS- well they are like family- and understand everything we went through and now are facing.
Alot of children had to be put in institutions and were treated pretty bad. I was luckier. some of the stories I have read and biographies would break your heart.
All I remember, is you got Polio - pushed yourself to be normal and went on with your life...