Beating Back Polio

Polio is one of history’s most feared diseases, affecting people across the world, including many children and even U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. But in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine. He worked with Lilly to manufacture and rush thousands of doses into production, to be distributed across the nation. With his landmark discovery, polio went from being a crippling disease to a preventable one — and Lilly is proud to have played a role in turning the tide.