What about Disease Eradication?
A 2000 study published in the journal, “Pediatrics,” discusses how approximately 90% of the decline in infectious disease mortality among children occurred prior to 1940, when few vaccines or antibiotics were available.
What is the significance of this? It is an admittance that the vast majority of the infectious decline was due to factors other than vaccines.
Annual Summary of Vital Statistic: Trends in the Health of Americans During the 20th Century, Guyer, Pediatrics, 2000
What about Smallpox?
It is now well accepted, even by pro-vaccine authorities, that the smallpox vaccine carries significant risk, as it did more than a century ago as well. It is a myth that the introduction of the smallpox vaccine aided in the eradication of smallpox. What did help was the following: time-tested infectious disease transmission prevention methods such as isolation, sanitization, and quarantine; and, improvements in living conditions, nutrition, hygiene, and food/water quality.
The smallpox vaccine caused increases in smallpox deaths. This is extracted from the journal, “Emerging Infectious Diseases”:
www.cdc.gov/eid Vol. 11, No. 2, February 2005
“In Edinburgh, the number of fatalities associated with vaccination exceeded the number of deaths from the disease. In Liverpool, ambulatory, vaccine-modified cases and misdiagnosis as chickenpox resulted in problems with outbreak control. The relatively slow spread of smallpox, as exemplified by the report from Liverpool, allowed for effective implementation of targeted intervention methods. Targeted surveillance and containment interventions have been successful in the past and should be explored as alternatives to mass vaccination.”
See the following graph. Smallpox (the gray line) increased subsequent to the passage of a stringent law in 1867, indicating the vaccine’s ineffectiveness. One will also notice – on this graph – scarlet fever, declined in the late 1800s as well, without widespread vaccination.
What about Polio?
Polio was asymptomatic or a benign illness in 99% of individuals. Additionally, “polio” did not refer to only the wild-type virus. The “polio” diagnosis was dispensed liberally. DDT poisoning, coxsackievirus, aseptic meningitis, among numerous others, were some of the conditions called, “polio.” In the mid-1950s, following the introduction of the polio vaccine, there was a significant definition change with respect to diagnosis which artificially decreased polio incidence (thereby making it seem like the vaccine caused its decline).
See the following – “Ratner Report” detailing everything one needs to know regarding polio: