Would folks be more likely to get vaccinated and protected if they remembered what it was like in the pre-vaccine era?
A lot of people died of diseases that are now vaccine-preventable, and no, you can’t simply thank better hygiene and nutrition instead of vaccines for saving all of those lives.
Since the smallpox vaccine has been around for hundreds of years, can you believe that people were still getting and dying of smallpox 100 years ago?
How about 50 years ago?
That’s hard to imagine, isn’t it, as it was long known how to control smallpox with quarantines and vaccination.
Still, it took a long time before smallpox was finally declared eradicated.
And with smallpox under control, fifty years ago, many communities were eager to get kids vaccinated and protected to stop measles.
Something changed once we got these diseases under control though.
Can you guess what it was?
There were more and more vaccine scare stories in the media. Initially they were about the DPT vaccine and they then moved on to MMR once Andrew Wakefield hit the scene.
And even though none of the stories were true, that didn’t stop them from influencing people.
Have we learned our lesson?
Do we need to repeat history?
Vaccines are safe, with few risks, and are obviously necessary.
Vaccinate and protect your kids. Don’t bring back these deadly diseases.
More on History of Vaccines
- Recognizing Old Vaccine Scars
- Why Didn’t Everyone Die with Our 1980s Level of Vaccination Rates
- How Many Vaccines Did Kids Get in the 1950s?
- How Many Vaccines Did Kids Get in the 1960s?
- Four Generations of Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases
- The History of Vaccine Exemptions
- Vaccine Schedules from the 1940s to 2019
- When Measles Epidemics Would Close Schools
- Timeline | History of Vaccines
- Vaccine History: Developments by Year