20 April 2018
100 years of polio in the U.S.
Quite a remarkable graph; the Salk vaccine was developed in 1952, tested in 1953-54, then used widely.
I was a "participant" in that epidemic of 1952. My mother used to tell of me crying through one night with muscle cramps; I have no memory of that, but I do remember waking up the next morning, trying to stand by the bed, and falling to the floor because both legs were paralyzed. After that followed a series of adventures in a Sister Kenny facility in Minneapolis and in later years the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, all of which undoubtedly molded me into the person I am today.
Graph from a superb webpage on polio statistics at Our World in Data - where you can find other pages on other health-related issues (smoking, suicide, cancer, HIV, malaria, etc).
Note - the embed is a screencap; the graph is interactive at the website.