Let’s get it straight on vaccines.


As a physician I can categorically state that the best thing ever done by medical science was VACCINES!!!!!!!

What infectious disease killed the most humans? The answer is smallpox. Vaccines wiped smallpox off the face of the Earth. The last case of smallpox in the United States was in 1949. The last naturally occurring case in the world was in Somalia in 1977.

Speaking of smallpox in America, America escaped the Black Death because of its isolation from the European epidemic. But when discovered in 1492, smallpox struck with a vengeance the likes of which have rarely been seen. In 1518 an outbreak of smallpox on the island of Haiti left just 1,000 of the Native Americans alive. One hundred years after the discovery of America by Columbus, 90% of its native population had died of smallpox. Mexico went from 30 million to 3 million inhabitants, Peru from 8 million to 1 million. In the year 1,600, when the first European colonists reached Massachusetts, what they found was a nearly uninhabited American geographic area. Why is that, ask you? Because, answer I, smallpox had killed nearly every last local native American.

Smallpox killed far more humans than all wars combined. In just the years between 1914 to 1977 smallpox killed 300 to 500 million people. As late as 1970, smallpox still killed 2 million people annually, but the World Health Organization managed to eradicate the diseases through vaccination. At the time of its eradication, there was no effective cure for smallpox. The world owes Dr. Edwin Jenner, the English physician and scientist who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, a debt of gratitude that could not possibly be repaid.

How about measles? I have heard many people say, “Oh I had measles as a child. It wasn’t so bad!” Really? You are lucky you had your measles case in the United States. The rest of the world wasn’t so lucky as you! Here are the World Health Organization statistics:

Key facts

  • Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
  • In 2013, there were 145,700 measles deaths globally – about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour.
  • Measles vaccination resulted in a 75% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2013 worldwide. (That means that in 1999 there were more than a half million measles deaths annually!)
  • During 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health. So. if you are “for” ObamaCare but refuse to have your children vaccinated, you, as the saying goes, “have it ‘bass-ackwards'”).

My mother was terrified of polio and for good reason. In the United States, the 1952 polio epidemic was the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of the 57,628 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with some degree of paralysis – many totally disabled! Why is polio gone from our radar of terrifying diseases? VACCINES!

If you do not vaccinate your children you are cruel and inhuman to them – to everyone.

Roy Filly

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7 Responses to Let’s get it straight on vaccines.

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  3. Annoyed says:

    Roy, you appear to be brainwashed and have done absolutely no research at all, just regurgitated what you were taught. To wit:
    Deaths due to disease had been falling consistently for over 200 years before the widespread introduction of vaccines. They have made no appreciable difference to the mortality rate from those diseases. This is a historical fact. One that you omit to disclose to your readers.

    Smallpox was “eradicated”, and at exactly that time, a “new” and deadly form of *chickenpox* was discovered that looked remarkably like smallpox. Funny that.

    Here’s your Key Facts with the disclaimers you forgot to add:

    Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available. /Disclaimer – this applies only to malnourished or otherwise immunocompromised children. The UK has had 0 child deaths from measles in nearly 20 years/

    In 2013, there were 145,700 measles deaths globally – about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour. Disclaimer – all of which were in countries with poor nutrition or hygiene.

    Measles vaccination resulted in a 75% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2013 worldwide. (That means that in 1999 there were more than a half million measles deaths annually!) Disclaimer – vaccinated people actually carry the disease, thus spreading it to others, and being responsible for pandemics in vaccinated populations.

    During 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health. So. if you are “for” ObamaCare but refuse to have your children vaccinated, you, as the saying goes, “have it ‘bass-ackwards’”). Disclaimer – Those 15 million prevented deaths were not in the USA, making your reference to ObamaCare a straight falsification.

    Polio – since the “eradication” of polio from India, a “new” disease with obvious similarities to polio, called “Non-Polio Flaccid Limb Syndrome” has become widespread among only those who have been vaccinated for polio. If you can’t see the stupidity that is masquerading as medical science, you deserve to be vaccinated.

  4. Starchild says:

    I suspect there’s some truth on both sides of the vaccine debate. Sticking people with needles to inject small amounts of a virus as a way of inoculating people against the disease it causes is an inherently invasive medical procedure and obviously not ideal, but until technology comes up with better methods of disease prevention, it may sometimes be the best available solution.

    Certainly vaccines have saved many lives, as Roy documents, and where a horrible disease like smallpox or ebola poses a serious risk I strongly support them.

    However the number of diseases being vaccinated against has skyrocketed in the past few decades, and I think people are wise to question whether all those vaccines are really necessary, as well as what’s in them and what health effects these materials may have (see https://www.learntherisk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IngredientsandDosesPoster.pdf for more on both of these issues).

    I certainly don’t trust government authorities enough to support mandatory vaccination. History such as the U.S. Public Health Service’s syphilis experiment on black men in Alabama (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment), which was not ended until 1972 when it was exposed to the press, cautions against any assumption that authorities would never deliberately, to further their own purposes, allow or cause people to die under the guise of giving them medical treatment. Informed consent is vital. Attempts to impose medical treatments on people without such consent are liable to breed mistrust and create a backlash.

  5. Starchild says:

    P.S. – Roy, do you have a source for the claim that “One hundred years after the discovery of America by Columbus, 90% of its native population had died of smallpox”? I don’t doubt that the disease took a severe toll on indigenous American populations, but 90% within a century sounds pretty extreme – I don’t recall having heard that high an estimate before. How far had Europeans even penetrated the mainlands of North and South America by 1592?

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