So You Think Vaccines Are Bad…

Really? Well my friend, there’s a mountain of data proving how totally wrong you are! Just check out what I found over on Visual News:

Despite the few very loud voices still claiming vaccines are dangerous (and getting a lot of attention in the process), there is overwhelming evidence that they make the world a much safer place. Take the seven interactive heat maps created by Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal. Each of the three examples we’ve featured here show the number of cases before and after a vaccine was introduced. Striking isn’t it?

Measles

Polio

Rubella

Each square on these charts represents the number of cases per 100,000 people. For highly infectious diseases like polio, measles and rubella, the thousands of people infected each year often had life changing, if not life-ending consequences. However, after the introduction of each vaccine (represented by the black line on the chart) cases quickly dwindled away, leaving us as we are today – with faint memories of the suffering in a world without vaccines.

Reblogged from 3 Striking Charts Show How Vaccines Have Impacted 20th Century Diseases on Visual News

See all seven interactive heat maps at Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines

I want ice water.

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22 thoughts on “So You Think Vaccines Are Bad…

  1. I have no problem with vaccinations, it is just the additional ‘things’ which are being included in the shots. If it was just a measles shot, ok, but it is like a 5-1 type thing. It is interesting how Nevada isn’t represented in any of the charts. Wonder why.

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  2. Those charts really make the point, don’t they? Colorado isn’t listed either. Have no idea why. Maybe our requirements aren’t stringent enough or something. We’ve got some bad numbers going on the measles thing. Nation’s highest rate of incidence among grade school kids or something like that. Really worrisome with the grandkids being 9 and 12.

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    • It’s such a shame PT. At a time when we’ve overused antibiotics to the point of near uselessness, a few paranoid numbskulls are threatening to revisit the dark ages upon our kids. I was born right around the time when the polio vaccines were proving such a success, so I never even knew the fears others older than myself had had to live with. In fact, of all the diseases we’re immunized against, the only one I remember having was measles. And even there, because my symptoms were relatively minor, I think it was the much less dangerous German measles (rubella) variant…

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      • I grew up in the middle of the polio years and it was scary. I can’t imagine how my parents must have felt, with 5 kids to worry about. I don’t remember having any specific childhood diseases but obviously had chicken pox because I’ve had shingles (at about age 53). I have a very difficult time understanding people who deny all the science and don’t protect their children.

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