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Pre-vaccine Era In the 9th century, a Persian doctor published one of the first written accounts of measles disease. Francis Home, a Scottish physician, demonstrated in 1757 that measles is caused by an infectious agent in the blood of patients. In 1912, measles became a nationally notifiable disease in the United States, requiring U.S. healthcare providers and laboratories to report all diagnosed cases. In the first decade of reporting, an average of 6,000 measles-related deaths were reported each year. In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. It is estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. Also each year an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles.
From January 1 to May 20, 2017, 100 people from 11 states (California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington) were reported to have measles.
In 2016, 70 people from 16 states were reported to have measles. In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.
originally posted by: fleabit
Your kids may get lucky, but there is no doubt that vaccinations have saved millions (10 +) since the 60s. Life expectancy has doubled in the last 150 years, despite all the processed foods, lack of exercise (due to work and lifestyles), etc. Vaccines have plenty to do with that, if you want to believe it or not.
I was attending a conference in San Francisco, and got to listen to a speaker who wrote a book about the origin of vaccinations. He was watching children die by the hundreds in a hospital, because of no cure for a deadly disease. Nurses would literally go home with red uniforms, because of the bleeding.. they would bleed from all pores before dying. The first immunizations were terrible. Very harsh things to kill something worse. It would take their life to the brink and back repeatedly with each treatment. But they lived.
And so it goes with vaccinations. You fear autism, or hidden chips, or whatever.. but the things they are actually preventing are much worse. So sure.. avoid those advances in medicine if you really want to. But people now, have no idea how it used to be. You want to gamble with your child's life? Your decisions I guess, even if I do think it's monumentally irresponsible.
I will say this - if everyone immediately avoided vaccinations from this point on, we'd see epidemics, and mass deaths once again. Children again dying by the thousands, bleeding from their eyes and ears and pores. You only dodge the bullet because your irresponsible decision is still a minority decision. Your children are encountering many vaccinated children. Much lower chance of catching anything. You should be grateful for those that do vaccinate.. because their vaccinated children are preventing your own unvaccinated child from becoming the victim of a deadly virus that used to kill relentlessly in our past.
But sure.. let your conspiracy-minded "omg they are trying to kill our children" theories run rampant.. and those who do vaccinate will keep your kids safe. You're welcome.
originally posted by: starviego
So if vaccines are so safe why is there a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
How many petitions have been awarded compensation?
According to the CDC, from 2006 to 2014 over 2.5 billion doses of covered vaccines were distributed in the U.S. For petitions filed in this time period, 3,389 petitions were adjudicated by the Court, and of those 2,146 were compensated. This means for every 1 million doses of vaccine that were distributed, 1 individual was compensated.
Since 1988, over 16,794 petitions have been filed with the VICP. Over that 27 year time period, 14,441 petitions have been adjudicated, with 4,526 of those determined to be compensable, while 9,915 were dismissed. Total compensation paid over the life of the program is approximately $3.3 billion
Why should I put my child at risk because of their stupidity..............
originally posted by: pheonix358
This is the one that I have never been able to understand.
Why are your kids at risk? They are vaccinated! Therefore it should only be the other kids, those who are not vaccinated, that should be at any risk.
To put it another way, if you are immunized, aren't you immune? The disease can't hurt you. You should be free of concern.
originally posted by: Charlyboy
a reply to: Blaine91555
There is no direct evidence that vaccines cause autism but there is evidence they contribute to an environment in which autism and other conditions manifest.
Sorry if I come across as blunt but I have spent years debating this with my peers and we go round and round in circles. Mostly because they like FredT do not want to accept that vaccines their current form may not be as safe as we have been told.