After my DS's first DTaP vax I stopped vaccinating, and for the most part DH and I are fine with our decision, since he had a very mild (but scary) reaction. I have done a lot of research and I'm always trying to back up my arguments with valid information. I had come across the idea that vaccine preventable diseases were on the decline before the vaccines were introduced. However, someone responded to that argument with a question about chicken pox and the measles, asking why they still existed until the vaccines were introduced. It got me thinking about chicken pox, which was obviously not on the decline before the vaccine was introduced. I'm under the impression that there are less cases of chicken pox now than there were, say 20 years ago when I had it. So if other childhood diseases were on the decline due to improved hygiene and sanitation, why would some still be prevalent? Is chicken pox still just as prevalent as it was?
I'm in no way reconsidering my decision to stop vaccinating, I'm just trying to back up my arguments. Anyone have any info on this?