If there were no measles vaccine, there would be at least 4 million cases in the United States each year – and that’s in the United States alone! The vaccine arrived in 1963 and before that everyone suffered from childhood diseases and an average of 440 children died from diseases that are now vaccinated. Fortunately, 80-90% of children today receive the majority of vaccinations.
However, there are parents all over the world who choose not to vaccinate their children. When this occurs there is a significant risk of outbreaks in the community again. Parents who skip vaccines say they have compelling reasons for doing so thinking that nothing happens if their children are not vaccinated. There are major safety concerns as there is evidence that not vaccinating children is dangerous.
There is a 2013 report by the US Institute of Medicine that reports that the American childhood immunization program is effective and there are few risks. The invention of vaccines is the most important discovery for world health in history and we must not forget that they are necessary to avoid dangerous and deadly diseases.
There are myths that say that vaccines against measles, mumps or rubella cause autism. This is something that is on the minds of many parents but there are dozens of studies that show that there is no relationship between them.
Parents born in the 1970s and 80s were vaccinated against eight diseases. Today babies can be vaccinated against 14. Children now receive more vaccines, each of which usually requires multiple doses.