Through the Lens: Polio Outbreak in the United States

Television redeemed itself by presenting topics of public safety, including the polio outbreak. In 1954, one-fourth of the 3,748 cases of polio in the United States occurred in adults 20 years or older. Television provided timely and often dramatic news on the disease and raised public awareness of the effectiveness and availability of the vaccine to combat infection.


Through the Lens: North Dakota as Seen by Television in the 1950s (1986); State Historical Society of North Dakota

Grade Level

3 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science