In the early part of the last century, hundreds of thousands of people got Whooping cough every year.
It wasn’t always lethal, but it was always miserable, and we figured out a way to solve that.
We got a vaccine, we started giving people the vaccine, and sure enough by the ’70s only about a thousand people were getting it per year.
But it’s ticked back up since then and it’s now 15 times what it was in the 1970s.
There are a lot of reasons for that, but a big one is that people just stopped vaccinating their kids.
Studies have shown that in areas where a lot of parents don’t vaccinate their kids, they’re significantly more likely to see outbreaks of things like Whooping cough or measles.
Measles was officially eradicated in 2000 and yet there have been 288 cases of it so far this year . That’s way beyond anything in recent memory. But it’s part of a trend.
There are a handful of celebrities who have committed themselves to telling people that vaccines, rather than saving lives, are really unsafe.
The doctor who started all this in the late ’90s has been thoroughly discredited. He’s actually barred from practicing medicine from Britain because he made up his numbers.
But that doesn’t stop unqualified celebrities from spreading fear, and fear matters.
The anti-vaccine body count counted 128,044 preventable illnesses, including the 1,336 vaccine-preventable deaths in the US since 2007.
But in the rest of the world, vaccines have been nothing short of a miracle.
According to the Gates Foundation, about 2.5 million lives are saved every year by vaccines. A lot of that is just the Small Pocks alone, which use to kill about 2 million people every year, and today it kills zero because we vaccinated everyone against it.
So when it comes to vaccines, stop listening to the kooks, start looking at the evidence, and vaccinate your kid.