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:
- 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.