It breaks my heart when the anti-vax faction jokes around like this. Have you ever talked to someone who grew up in the 30's or 40's when these diseases were still around? Better yet, have you ever talked to an elderly woman who raised children during the days before the vaccination program started? They would shame you for the way you talk about these VPDs. Many many tears were shed over children who contracted and died from VPDs, tears that parents nowadays do not have to shed because our children are all protected by vaccines and herd immunity. My mother, who was born in 1947, told me how she and her brothers were not allowed to go to public events because they might get polio. In her small school alone there were 5 or 6 children who had leg braces from polio paralysis. And let's not attribute it to poor nutrition and sanitation because back then people ate a heck of a lot better than we do now. I wish everyone who is against vaccination and doesn't believe in the efficacy of vaccines would spend some time with a mother in her 70's or 80's if you want to hear what life was like for mothers and children before vaccines.
Anti vaxers can laugh all they want about 15 babies dying and people being crippled but back then you should have seen the lines for the polio vaccines when they became available.
In my father's family the kids were born in India, China, Indonesia, Malaya, South Africa ~ many many countries which had epidemics, and you know what AikeaGuinea? My grandmother was the one who nursed Indian people through typhoid, Chinese through Cholera, the whole Island of Kawau through the 1918 flu; in fact, my father lost count of how many times, his mother and kitchenmaids set up hospitals.
She did get sick of typhoid herself and India, and lost her eldest daughter and son. Why? Because she was too sick to look after the children, and the way the locals looked after the children, killed them.
She was an incredible woman, who had great compassion, but who really knew how to nurse.
Never, even when the polio and diphtheria vaccines came out would she ever have considered using them. She believed that the body could do what it was supposed to do, if people knew how to deal with infections, and she certainly did. She was not a trained nurse, and in fact, held trained nurses in considerable scorn, which is unsurprising, if you knew how diphtheria was treated between 1900 - 1945. It was a wonder as many survived as did.
Do you KNOW how measles in the 20's and 30's was treated AikeaGuinea? I'll tell you.
Doctors used to withdraw 20 cc blood from a parent, and inject 10 cc into each buttock. Blood typing anyone?
There is a chapter in my book on useless treatments.
Now, I don't make light of death of any kind and never had.
But it is a shame when someone ticks others off, particularly if it would seem that the person doint the actually has no idea just how much the medical profession actually contributed to disabilities and deaths then, and now.
My father was in the second world war, and his older brother in the first world war. In both wars, if any of the soldiers got shot in the trenches they did their best to disguise the fact, because they knew that if they were taken back to the army hospitals, it would be very likely that they would get gangrene, and land up with amputations at best, and death at the worst.
Many of the wounded went bush with mates, rather than submit to anything the medics dreamed up.
And.. my father's brother, and the old vets here tell me the same thing. Their best friend, was not a nurse, or a doctor, but a committed mate with some maggots.
It's very instructive to have a good hard long look at medical history and realise that people today, may have a totally unrealistic view looking back... that of rose coloured propaganda glasses.
There were not lines for polio vaccines, amongst people who had understood, knew and respected Sister Kenny, and for those who had read Dr Benjamin Sandlers book on Polio and Diet and exactly why a diet of soda-pop, white flour and white sugar was part of the equation whereby polio went from being endemic to epidemic.
There is so so much more I could say, but I wonder what the point is in saying it.