Originally Posted by ParadigmShift
. So..why are adult population left out or rather left alone (other than the incessant flu vaccine push) when THEY are the ones that can infect newborns? Think about it. Babies are not born with polio/measles/mumps/whooping cough etc etc. They get infected from someone born before them, which includes a huge population of adults. If vaccine theory holds true, shouldn't ALL adults get vaxed? Also following with this line of thought, since most adults are not up to date, shouldn't we be going through epidemics of massive proportion all the time? From my memory of recent events, "epidemic" was the h1n1 flu right? Where are the old school disease epidemics of massive proportions? Like 1000000000 new polio cases among adults who are not following vax schedule. Is it truly feasible to think vaxed children are our main line of defense? I seem to repeat this over again but it simply makes no sense to me.
But most adults are following the vaccination schedule for polio. The schedule says to get vaccinated for it as a child, which most adults were. The polio vaccine is believed to give long term to lifelong immunity. If at some point this turns out to be untrue and they start finding a decent portion of adults without polio immunity, or worse, adults with polio, I'm sure they will try and get adults to get a booster then. Right now though, polio is not on the adult schedule for people who were vaccinated as children.
Same with measles. Most adults either are old enough to have had measles or have had at least one shot. A second shot is advised for those who only had one as a child, but most people who don't get it are still protected by the first anyway.
Currently mumps is not on the schedule either for people who were vaccinated as children. However, outbreaks in college age populations may indicate that the vaccination is not as effective or long lasting as originally thought, so if there continue to be problems, perhaps someday they will add a mumps booster for that age or adults. We'll see what happens.
Pertussis immunity does not last nearly as long as other vaccine, and they do push for adults to get a booster, especially adults who will be around children. That many adults still don't get it could contribute to spreading pertussis, however, there seem to be problems with the pertussis vaccine that are doing far more to cause outbreak right now.
For most adults who were vaccinated as a child and had chickenpox, the only scheduled vaccines are tetanus (not contagious), flu, diptheria (could be an issue, but it is nearly eradicated and doesn't spread as quickly as other diseases), and pertussis. The elderly are also supposed to get shingle and pneumonia vaccine (for their own protection).