History Proves Vaccines Work!

June 26, 2021

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In recent weeks, I built the case for getting vaccinated against the COVID 19 coronavirus. Today, I want to demonstrate graphically and dramatically how history proves that vaccines really do work – one more reason why you should get vaccinated against coronavirus.


Polio was once the most feared disease of childhood. In the early 1950s before polio vaccines were available, polio outbreaks saw as many as 60,000 cases every year often resulting in paralysis, lifetime disability and death.

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Bennie Jones, polio patient, Dallas, Feb. 18, 1958

With polio, the muscles essential for breathing often became paralyzed, making it necessary for victims to be confined to iron lungs to breathe.

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Since the introduction of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines in 1955 and 1961, polio has been nearly eliminated worldwide as this graph demonstrates.

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Before a measles vaccine became available in 1963, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. It is estimated that 3 to 4 million children in the United States were infected each year, with an annual estimate of 48,000 hospitalizations, 4500 deaths and 1000 suffering lifelong brain injury and nervous system disability.

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As depicted in this graft, measles in the US has dropped sharply since the introduction of the measles vaccine.

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Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The hepatitis B virus causes lifelong infection, cirrhosis or scarring of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and death. There is no known cure.

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As this graph illustrates, the incidence of hepatitis B infection has dropped dramatically since the introduction of vaccine in 1982.

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Before 1985, Haemophilus influenza B (Hib) infection was the leading cause of meningitis among US children aged five and under. Brain infection or meningitis occurred in approximately two thirds of children infected with invasive Hib disease. 15 to 30% of survivors were left with hearing impairment or severe neurologic damage. Complications of Hib meningitis include blindness, deafness, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and death.

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This graph illustrates the effectiveness of the Haemophilus influenza vaccine in reducing this devastating childhood disease since its introduction in the 1980s.

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So, there you have it. History proves that vaccines for diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles and Haemophilus influenza B have nearly been eliminated or sharply reduced with the introductions of vaccines against them. History proves vaccines work!

What are you waiting for? Get vaccinated against the COVID 19 corona virus. Who knows? The life you save may be your own or a very important loved one.

This is Dr. Jim for Be Healthy! Be Happy! Power your path to happiness. Get vaccinated.