Okay, what diseases did you have when you were young? How old are you now and what were you vaccinated against?
I am 46+ years old. I have, right here next to me, my original vax record from my infancy (thanks, Mom, for not throwing out some things!):
2.5 months: DPT
3.5 months: DPT, Oral Polio
4.5 months: DPT, Oral Polio
Around 4 years: Oral Polio (I remember standing in line for the sugar cube. Yum!)
Around 5 years: Smallpox, the scar on my upper arm is barely there anymore.
That was it.
Illnesses I had as a child:
Scarlet Fever: No vax, of course, for this one. It swept through kids on the base where we were stationed. I was 2 years old. I asked my Mom, and she said I was pretty sick (not hospitalized) with a very high fever (she wrapped me in wet sheets to bring it down!). She said nobody died from it, nor did she remember anyone having any damage from it either.
Whooping Cough: Yup, in spite of the vax! Mom could never understand why this happened. Not until I learned more about vaccines (in the last few years!
) was I able to explain how they are not (and were not) 100% effective.
Mumps: I was 4, and I caught it from my older brother (he had it easy, just slight swelling). I swelled up like I'd swallowed two grapefruit! I still remember I felt bad, but not so bad that that I couldn't still fight with my brother!
Rubella: Mild case, again, caught from my brother.
Chicken Pox: In Kindergarten, ITCHY, ITCHY, ITCHY with HUNDREDS of pox!!! There wasn't an area that wasn't dotted (even my eyelids!). But, Mom gave me a huge box of cotton pads and balls and a bottle of witch hazel she kept in the fridge and I could dab all I liked. Also, baths anytime I wanted with lots of oatmeal. The best part was no school and I could watch TV all day in Mom & Dad's bed!
Measles: Had them twice, the first in 2nd grade, and they were annoying, but not terrible, everyone had them over a period of several weeks. The second time was in 6th grade, 1971. I was the only kid in the whole school that had them! Funny thing, no notes were sent out warning the parents of my co-students of this dire disease. It was just accepted as something that would or would not happen! Home for two weeks (during a beautiful May) and I took my finals in geography in bed (on which I scored 100%!). Mom let me sit outside on the deck and, again, witch hazel helped. A friend of the family came over and put calamine all over me. My fever BAKED the stuff on and I had to take a hot shower to clean it off!
That's it. I survived these "deadly childhood illnesses" without being vaccinated for them. And, this was back when we were given baby aspirin
automatically for fevers! ((I remember I prefered St. Joseph's over Bayer))