by Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco
My mom, who was a polio survivor, was so scared that my sister and I would come down with polio. As soon as the vaccine became available, my mother allowed me to walk a mile and a half through our village from my parochial school to the public school where the polio shots were being given.
The 8th grade girls walked us up to the public school. The line of children stretched as far as I could see!!
My baby sister got her polio shot at the child health station.
My mother often recalls that was one of her happiest summers! Her happiness at our getting immunized is the value of vaccination to me.