Fdr's Synthesis Essay

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The next morning he had a fever of 102 and he had no strength in his aching legs. By nightfall the pain went to his neck and back. He also was not able to move his legs at all. Although he was unaware, FDR actually had polio weeks before this, “A crippling viral disease that would leave him paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life.” His family was adjusting to the fact that this was serious. A noted specialist in infantile paralysis, Dr. Robert Lovett brought him in to do an examination. He came to a verdict that he had polio. This was a big problem for Franklin and his wife, Eleanor. His family went back to New York hoping he would make a full recovery. His neck and back became better, but his legs were still paralyzed. FDR never …show more content…
He also made a contribution to medical efforts to conquer polio. In 1934, FDR’s friend Basil O’conner raised funds for treatment of polio. The first “Birthday Ball” raised over one million dollars. O’conner was urged by FDR to found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, also known as “The March of Dimes.” The March of Dimes was scientists working with public volunteers to find a cure for polio. They raised funds so they can better provide medical treatment facilities for those who suffer polio in the United States. After a long, hard time they were able to find a cure. It was the tenth anniversary of FDR’s death when Jonas Salk announced the vaccine, and five years later Sabin came up with an oral vaccine. FDR’s creation and establishment of the Warm Springs Foundation and the March of Dimes was finally victorious over polio, which he had suffered through for half of his life(“Polio …show more content…
Shelov, a practicing pediatrician believes opting out of vaccinating your children should not be an option. He said that although there may be risks to immunize them, the risk of bringing the diseases back is bigger and stronger. With any medication, advanced activity, or vaccine, there is a risk for the individual. For example, with polio vaccine, one in a million has been associated with vaccine-related mild polio disease. He believes that the population must make a sacrifice. The couple of cases where the outcome was not good took a sacrifice so that the whole population will not suffer if the disease re-emerges. This has happened in countries where vaccinations were decreased. “Failure to immunize a child only puts that child at risk of illness, but also increases the potential for harm to other children who are not able to be vaccinated because they are too young or too ill.” Some parents may think it is better to get a disease such as chicken pox instead of their children getting permanent immunity, they are wrong. Because the complications that come with the disease is included and that can be serious. As far as immunization-they just follow the immunization schedule and hopefully all will go as planned. In all fifty states, immunization of children is required as a condition in school enrollment. “Immunizations have a clear community benefit and therefore, individual

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