1954 c.Courtesy The March of Dimes
Courtesy the March of Dimes

As polio epidemics hit US cities, President Roosevelt helps create the private National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The Foundation's drive to help find a vaccine becomes the highly publicized 'March of Dimes' campaign, largely funded by individual contributions by Americans. These donations would also pay for a large part of the country's immunization campaigns after the introduction of polio vaccines in the mid-1950s.