Pandemic Parallels: Older Adults Remember Polio Vaccines

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Like many kids his age, James Hartt as a teen in the ’60s enjoyed passing the time with a bit of naive, reckless abandonment. One way Hartt found to amuse himself was leaping from a nearby bridge and sticking the landing on the other side, until one day, Hartt woke up unable to move his legs. Immediately, fear set in that it could be poliomyelitis — every parent’s waking fear in the late 1940s and early 1950s.