If everyone breezed through vaccine-preventable diseases so easily back in the pre-vaccine era, then why were so many folks held under quarantine?
Vaccine-preventable diseases have always been known to be dangerous and life-threatening.
If they were once thought of as a way of life, it was only because there was no way to avoid them!
As someone with an uncle who developed severe paralytic polio disease a few years before the first vaccine was developed, I can tell you that these diseases were no walk in the park.
Still, while quarantines are helpful to control disease outbreaks, they clearly aren’t enough. That’s evident by the way that vaccines were used in Leicester to control smallpox, even though some folks say it was all due to quarantines. It wasn’t.
How long would quarantine last?
Usually through at least one incubation period for the disease.
Have you ever seen any of these quarantine signs?
If so, have you seen any of them lately?
That’s because vaccines work.
What to Know About Quarantine Signs for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
In the pre-vaccine era, quarantines were the only way to try and help stop many diseases from spreading in the community.
More on Quarantine Signs for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
- History of Preventing Polio
- Outbreak! On the front lines of a measles epidemic
- Suppressing Whooping Cough
- Eradicating Smallpox
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccines
- The Disneyland measles outbreak continues apace, and a woman refuses quarantine
- CDC – Postexposure Prophylaxis, Isolation, and Quarantine To Control an Import-Associated Measles Outbreak — Iowa, 2004
- CDC – International Notes — Quarantine Measures Smallpox — Stockholm, Sweden, 1963
- CDC – Updated Recommendations for Isolation of Persons with Mumps
- Pertussis Closes Waldorf-Based Private School in Virginia
- Chicken Pox Party: RSVP No
- What are the incubation periods for infections?
- The incubation period of a viral infection
- Disease Infection and Contagiousness Chart