polio vaccineSo, American parents are deciding not to vaccinate their children because of a misinformed (in my opinion) fear that vaccines might harm their babies. Now, diseases that had been practically wiped out – measles and whooping cough – have returned in alarming numbers. Cases of mumps are also on the rise. What’s next, polio?

All this hits very close to home. Polio forever changed my life back in the early ’50s, before the vaccine was available; I was only 8 months old. In 1952, the disease reached a peak in the U.S., but health experts report that it was eliminated in the Western Hemisphere by 1991. Other parts of the world, particularly impoverished and war-torn regions, are now seeing an increase in cases of polio because of problems immunizing those pop