March 26, 2008

What To Expect When Parents Don't Vaccinate

Here's the link.
(via Jake at Pure Pedantry)

"Leaving children unvaccinated means going back to
  • Leg braces and iron lungs for people with polio (57,628 cases in 1952)
  • Encephalitis and sterility for people with mumps (200,000 cases a year in the 1960s)
  • Congenital rubella syndrome for children whose mothers contracted the illness during pregnancy.
  • Blindness, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death--one per thousand--for people with measles (nearly 1 million cases a year in the US before vaccines).
  • Encephalitis and pulmonary hypertension for people with whooping cough--thanks to people who don't vaccinate their kids, in 2001, 17 people, mostly infants, died of pertussis (200,000 cases in 1940).
  • Cardiac arrest and paralysis for people with diptheria (207,000 cases and about 15,000 deaths in 1920).
The vaccines scare us because the diseases don't. And they don't because of the vaccines."