In all fairness, a few of these 'Vaccination Statistics' need some (scientific) explanations:
Originally posted by antarA 1992 study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology shows that children die at a rate 8 times
greater than normal within three days after getting a DPT vaccination.
Eight times the normal death rate in children is still a TINY number of children, well under even one one-thousandth of one percent. Diphtheria has a
fatality rate of 5% to 10% and can kill as high as 20% in young children. The US case fatality rate (percent of people with a disease that die) was
18% in the US between 1998 and 2000, a fairly low rate for this disease. Risking a death in maybe 1 in 100,000 vaccinations versus the risk in an
vaccinated population is very much worth it!
Originally posted by antarIn the New England Journal of Medicine July 1994 issue a study found that over 80% of children under 5 years
of age who had contracted whooping cough had been fully vaccinated.
No vaccine is 100% effective. When 90%+ of the population is vaccinated, of course the majority of cases in a population will be in people for whom
the vaccination didn't 'work'. You have to look at ratios in populations. If (and these are not exact numbers) 1 in 5000 vaccinated people get a
disease and 1 in 50 non-vaccinated people get a disease, you're still going to have a larger number of vaccinated folks getting it in most
Originally posted by antarIn 1977 Dr Jonas Salk (inventor of the Salk polio vaccine) testified with other scientists that 87% of the
polio cases which occurred in the US since 1970 were the by-product of the polio vaccine.
1. No longer an issue as this was due to oral polio vaccine, which is no longer used (today the US uses the injectable version).
2. Back then, this was because wild polio was basically eradicated. The vaccine was the only contact most people had to the virus.
Originally posted by antarThe trade-off is not wroth the risk. Mumps and measles are innocuous childhood diseases, but the vaccines have
caused cancer, diabetes, brain damage, leukemia, autism, and even death (SIDS).
This is VERY much a values judgment posing as fact. Also, the links connecting these conditions to vaccines are very, very weak at best and downright
non-existent in many cases.
Mumps isn't all that terrible, true, but measles is a NASTY disease that is painful and (even with modern medicine) kills around 3 of every 1000
people that get it. It is also one of the most highly infectious diseases around, meaning that well over 90% of susceptible individuals will get it if
A very simple look at the numbers: The US had 4,317,000 births in 2007. Assuming (for simplicity's sake) that 4,000,000 make it to vaccination age.
If this population were totally non-vaccinated and 90% of them caught measles (a reasonable pre-vaccine rate in the US), 3,600,000 children would
catch the disease. At a 3 in 1000 fatality rate, 10,800 children would die.
I don't know your numbers on vaccination statistics, but I doubt even an anti-vaccine campaigner would claim that MMR kills over 10,000 children a
year. AND this isn't counting the (at least) 1 in 15,000 that develop develop severe brain damage (240 in this hypothetical).
The thought of a parent consenting to a vaccine and that then believing that it lead to autism or another terrible condition (regardless of whether or
not such is the case) is terrible, no doubt, but wouldn't you feel immensely worse if the your child DIED because you were to worried to vaccinate
him or her? Any problem with a child is terrible, but the statistics are IMMENSELY in favor of vaccination to prevent huge risks of death and other
consequences of a variety of infectious diseases.