Sixty years ago, polio was one most feared diseases in the United States; children were especially susceptible. South Dakota native Mark Sternhagen was only 9 months old when he caught it. He sees parallels in today’s current pandemic and hopes people can learn from the past.
Mark Sternhagen was born in Scotland, South Dakota in 1956. He says, at the time, his hometown wasn’t a high-priority area for the polio vaccine.
When it did come to town that December, he was running a temperature and the protocol at the time didn’t allow for a vaccination if you had one.