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Did the Measles Vaccine Have Only a Meager Effect on Deaths?

Anti-vaccine folks seem to think that they found another big bombshell report!

As you will see, the “meager effect” of the measles vaccine prevented over 500 measles deaths in the United States each year!

They are talking about an article from 2001, The Role of Public Health Improvements in Health Advances: The 20th Century United States, by David Cutler, which found that “clean water was responsible for nearly half of the total mortality reduction in major cities, three-quarters of the infant mortality reduction, and nearly two-thirds of the child mortality reduction.”

The article even included mortality graphs for anti-vaccine folks to misuse!

Did the Measles Vaccine Have Only a Meager Effect on Deaths?

What are they missing?

“In the early 20th Century, mortality in the United States declined dramatically. Mortality rates fell by 40% from 1900 to 1940, an average decline of about 1% per year”

Cutler on The Role of Public Health Improvements in Health Advances: The 20th Century United States

Most of the decline the article talks about came at the beginning of the 20th Century, before these vaccines were developed.

What about the vaccines for whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus, which were developed in the earlier part of the 20th Century? They weren’t routinely used until much later. Remember, the individual diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines didn’t even become combined into a single DTP vaccine until 1948.

Clean water and sanitation only had so much effect on mortality rates and much of it was in the early part of the 20th Century. Vaccines and other medical interventions took us the rest of the way!

But, all of these diseases that are now vaccine preventable were still very deadly in the 1940s and 1950s, even with clean water and sanitation.

Sure, mortality rates had declined already by this time, just like they had for most other things, but the effects of clean water eventually plateaued and a lot of people were still getting measles and a lot of people were still dying.

Why so many deaths in 1950 if they had been eliminated by clean water and sanitation?

At least they were until the measles vaccine was discovered and more and more people started getting vaccinated and protected.

You can even ask the author of the article in question…

“Dear Lord.  The fact that vaccines aren’t the only reason why mortality declines in no way means that vaccines are not an important reason why mortality declines.”

David M Cutler, Harvard College Professor, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics

The idea that the measles vaccine had only a relatively meager effect on deaths due to measles infections is silly. It’s also dangerous if you believe it and leave your kids unvaccinated and at risk to get measles, which is clearly a deadly disease.

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2 thoughts on “Did the Measles Vaccine Have Only a Meager Effect on Deaths?”

  1. in case you weren’t aware, we have this thing called the internet now. so people can easily find charts that zoom out to realize your post is complete $H!T.

  2. According to your interpretation of the measles-statistics, the measles-virus must be extremely nationalistic.

    Here in Holland (where I’m from), we had an average death rate of 1 per year from the end of the 50’s until 1976. Every child got the measles but ONE death per year on 14 million inhabitants. In the same year, 1976, when the measles-vaccin was introduced… the deaths in traffic accidents that year were 2440 per year. Just to give you an idea of the figures.
    Especially since Holland was much more malnourished after the war 40-45 and (it took like five after the end of the second world-war, to become were well-fed again) I wonder how we could explain the discrepancy between Holland and the US…

    In my opinion the measles-vaccination is a matter of “the remedy is worse than the disease”.
    Not that one death doesn’t count but with all the scientific proof that protein and vitamin A are extremely effective in curing the measles-virus, it seems pretty needless to vaccinate against it.

    This nutritional aspect also explains why measles are such a problem in the poorest countries of the planet. Of course Congo with its very sad amount of 6000 measles-death but Liberia, Madagaskar, Oekraïne, en Somalië are also very vulnerable.
    It’s not I don’t feel solidarity or empathy with those extremely poor countries but I don’t see any benefit for them in vaccinating children here.
    To give poor countries better nutrition, YES! But to make our children weaker to protect starving children from a few viruses that are only deadly when you are malnourished seems very illogical to me. Be cause if they stay malnourished they will die of anything, whether it’s Ebola, a bacterial infection or any ordinary kind of flu or malaria.

    The pertussus is a very bad functioning vaccin. B. pertussis infection is not a walk in the park. If the B. pertussis vaccine was safe and effective, it may have been worth using. However, the B. pertussis vaccine is provably one of the most ineffective. Its many disadvantages which lend dubious, fleeting protection to the individual, result in numerous doses and boosters from cradle to grave. In fact, the more whooping cough vaccines a person receives, the less effective they become.[1] Diavatopoulis has even compared the acellular vaccine that is used today, to allergy shots, because the cellular immune system responds less and less after successive doses in those who have been primed with acellular vaccines.”

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