The March of Dimes and Polio

  title={The March of Dimes and Polio},
  author={Dawn Larsen},
  journal={American Journal of Health Education},
  pages={47 - 54}
  • Dawn Larsen
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Health Education
Abstract The polio vaccine became available in 1955, due almost entirely to the efforts of the March of Dimes. In 1921, Franklin Roosevelt gave a public face to polio and mounted a campaign to prevent it, establishing the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 1938. During the Depression, U.S. citizens were asked to contribute one dime. Entertainer Eddie Cantor suggested the name the March of Dimes, paraphrasing the popular newsreel “The March of Time”. Jonas Salk advocated a killed… 
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