Decades ago, a group of people decided that they would not vaccinate their children. These people believed that vaccinations cause autism, cause sterility, contain mercury, or don’t actually protect the children from any serious illness.
This movement continues to grow among parents, and they are often called “the anti-vaxxers.” They believe that vaccinations are simply a way for the medical establishment to promote scare tactics into forcing children to have unnecessary shots.
However, vaccinations have been medically proven to protect people and societies from deadly diseases and epidemics.
In light of the fact that the anti-vaxxer movement is gaining momentum, the measles disease – previously eradicated – has made a ravaging comeback thanks to the anti-vaxxers.
How Did Vaccines Begin?
The first successful vaccine created was for smallpox in 1796. Smallpox nearly wiped out indigenous Native American populations, it devastated entire tribes, and it had a mortality rate of nearly 35%.
However, people who were vaccinated against smallpox had only one death in every 1,000 inoculations.
Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine because he noticed that milkmaids who had previously suffered from cowpox were immune to smallpox, so he tested and proved his theory by successfully exposing a person to cells from someone with cowpox. Immunization to smallpox was complete.
Later, Jonas Salk created a vaccine for polio in 1955 – a disease which affected hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Vaccinations began to be sought for epidemics of all kinds, and they continue to be developed as new diseases spread across the world.
Measles Is Coming Back
In 1912, measles was declared a nationally notifiable disease. All health care professionals were thereby required to report every diagnosed case. The decade prior to the development of a measles vaccine, nearly every child got measles by the time they were 15. An estimated 3 million to 4 million cases were reported annually.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared measles eradicated in the United States in 2000. Not a single case of measles was reported in a 12-month period in this country – America had ended measles.
But now, with this movement of anti-vaxxers plus thousands of immigrants from Central America who have never been immunized, measles is making a comeback and infecting our children. The U.S. is reporting measles outbreaks in at least 23 states, with about 60 new cases being reported each week.
Measles can kill. In the years before a measles vaccine was available globally, measles killed 2 million to 3 million people per year. Let’s put an end to the anti-vaxxer movement – one child at a time – and have our children protected against epidemics like measles.
Children’s Clinic in Massachusetts
Unless your children have a condition that prohibits them from being vaccinated, make sure they have all vaccinations for maximum protection against disease. Every single claim made by the anti-vaxxers has been scientifically proven to be false.