Welcome to AAP Voices, the official blog of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where AAP member pediatricians and others share their perspectives on a wide variety of topics relating to children's health and wellness.
This is one of a series of “AAP Voices” posts timed with National Immunization Awareness Month to highlight the importance of vaccination to protect against life-threatening diseases.
Eric Owen Tyler, MD, FAAP
August 21, 2019
My mother died in 2016. In sorting through the family photos, I discovered one from the early 1900s. In the sepia colored photo, some unknown relative of mine apes for the camera. She is dressed in a white ruffled romper. Her blonde curls had to be natural. Her smile radiates deep soulful joy. Her hands on her hips reflect a sassiness you hope to find in all girls that age.
The braces on her legs tells us she spent a long time in bed struggling with “infantile paralysis”.