(Sorry, I just realized how long this was after I submitted it. Guess I had a lot to say)
To the OP, it sounds like you have some anxiety about these diseases, but yet, seem to be lacking information as to the dangers and risks of vaccinations as well. In addition, to the effectiveness of the vaccines to begin with.
Like the AP mentioned, regarding polio, it is viturally nonexistent today (except for those receiving the OPV which can shed). Since there is a high-powered campaign promoting vaccination, of course they are trying to credit the vaccine for eliminating the disease and in fact, there are studies that show the disease was eradicated before introduction of the vaccine. It also disappeared in countries where vaccines were not so extensively used. I think the only cases of polio today are due from the OPV. Same with diptheria. On its way out before vaccine. Also, diptheria can be treated with medical attention and antibiotics. I think you have a better chance of being struck by lighning.
Speaking of the polio vaccine, particularly the OPV, other than it causing polio to those who received the vaccine, between 1955 aand 1963, some of the monkey kidney cells used for the vaccine were infected with SV-40 virus, which is known to cause cancer in animals and has been found in tumors in humans today and is determined to be genetically identical to the virus in the vaccines 50 years ago. Do you notice the number of cancer has increased over the years? Correlation? Probably. Monkey kidney cells are still used in the polio vaccine as well as numerous other animal tissues in other vaccines (and aborted fetal cells). They obviously didn't know to test for the SV-40 virus before producing the vaccine, although now they say they do, but what other animal viruses are appearing that they don't know about, until years later when it's too late?
Measles? Everyone in my mom's generation apparently had this disease and are fine today. Of course there are complications, and they can be serious. I am not discrediting that. However, they are not as prevalent as we are lead to believe. Serious complications are the rarest and worst cases. A healthy person/child CAN overcome the measles. Also, the MMR has extreme complications as well? Do you weigh those risks? Plus the MMR does not consist of life-long immunity. Naturally acquired measles does.
Did you ever have the chicken pox? I did, and guess what, it was no big deal! Yet, our children, who have never been exposed to the virus naturally because of mass inoculation, will automatically FEAR the chicken pox when they get older because all they will know when they grow up is that it's on the CDC schedule and therefore, must be "deadly." They have never been through it and all the media will show them is the number of kids who died from it and how awful it was. That is all they will know. Just like the people in my generation who are terribly fearing the measles like it will kill you if you are exposed, because we've never been through it. Honeslty, I didn't know much about measles, but when I started talking to many, many people who been through that generation, I realize it was no big deal. See how that works? Fear-mongering at its best.
Oh, and what about the deaths from the Gardasil vax? Those poor teens who had their life ahead of them died,and for what? Something they may NEVER get in their lifetime. Does that seem fair?
Oh, and the whole Swine Flu scare in the 70s and the link to Guillain-Barre syndrome from the vaccine and people dying from the vaccine? People truly underestimate the immune system and let the fear take over them regarding these illnesses.
(Ignore the below numbering and letters. My postings get messed up sometimes.)
Edited by SilverMoon010 - 4/11/11 at 6:15am