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Why do you think children should be vaccinated? What are examples of what has happened when a child was not vaccinated?

by Frank Bartlo

I’m not sure they should any more, at least not all the recommended vaccines. It’s a roll of the dice, at best. Maybe smallpox, polio, and perhaps tetanus. Not because there’s much risk these days, but to prevent them from making a comeback. Though I don’t really think they would, as long as decent public health is maintained and people are well fed.

Certainly not chicken pox, which I had as a kid, and it was a picnic. I enjoyed the time off school more than the itchy spots bugged me. That would come back, but is no more deadly than a common cold for healthy kids. Best they get it young. It can be more serious for teens, and quite serious for adults (shingles).

I understand people’s concerns about diseases such as measles, smallpox and polio. But what most people don’t know is that childhood diseases were sharply decreasing and on their way out due to better nutrition and public health improvements anyway. The smallpox and polio vaccines came on earlier, and the diseases did not all of a sudden drop off to near 0 after the vaccines were introduced. There was still a gradual decline in the death rates. By the time the measles shot came into use, the death rate had already gone down to about 1% of what it was in the early 20th century, and was trending to be near 0 by the year 2000. Scarlet fever, which killed people at a higher rate than measles about 100 years ago, has been virtually eradicated without any vaccination program.

Didn’t know that? I didn’t either, until recently. It cannot be found on mainstream sites, which edit and censor the facts to make the case for vaccinating. To whose benefit? The following link shows some graphs of the actual and complete death rate data for various diseases, referenced from official sources, which speak for themselves: Do Infectious Disease Mortality Graphs Show Vaccines Save Lives? | Vaccination Information Network

This all really, really surprised me, and it took a while to come to terms with it.

Also bear in mind very few adults have had shots for most diseases since childhood, so most people are effectively unvaccinated as it is. Where are the epidemics?

So, since the diseases were on their way out anyway due to public health and nutrition improvements, I highly doubt they will come back, at least not to anywhere near the level decades ago. And if an outbreak occurs, we have the vaccines.

Also, and more importantly, there are at least tens of thousands of vaccine injuries per year, including many serious disabilities and even some deaths. SIDS typically occurs very soon after kids are vaccinated. And the data from this study of medical records indicate the overall health of unvaccinated children is better, and they even get sick less often, most notably having about 5 times less the chance of pneumonia: Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12- year old U.S. children

It’s definitely a roll of the dice. This is from some people who really regretted having their kids vaccinated:

Anti-vax sentiment didn’t come out of nowhere. It is a fact that vaccines are causing massive, widespread harm, which exceeds the harm caused by the diseases many times over. The aim is to minimize harm.

Given my well supported doubt these diseases will come back in any big way I cannot say people should get vaccinated, unless there is reason to think they have a poor immune system or are otherwise unusually susceptible to disease; or an outbreak occurs, which is overwhelmingly likely to be isolated, on a small scale, and easily contained.

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