Quote from ukstudent
Not only has the link been debunked, the consequences of believing this urban myth can be tragic. I have seen infants struggling to breath due to pertussis. I have seen a child have a seizure for almost an hour despite repeated intervention due to bacterial meningitis. All preventable. Vaccines have become so good that people have forgotten the reason for them, they no longer remember the thousands of children that died each year from these diseases.
oh, how I agree with you.
Back to the topic rather than the people-I have been involved in researching my family history over the years, and in doing so have looked at the parish registers of some areas of 19th century Scotland Do we want to go back to the days where measles could kill 8 children a month in one small country parish (Gamrie, Banffshire), where a man could bury his sister on Saturday and his daughter on Monday, measles again (I think it was Drainie in Morayshire-it's been a while) and where, at the end of the entry for an enumeration book of South Ronaldsay, Orkney in the 1841 Census the comment was written to the effect that it was worthy of note that in one particular village, of all those who were vaccinated against smallpox, non died in the recent outbreak. How exciting that must have been-especially as one of my distant rellies died of smallpox in 1872-30 years later.
Sorry I can't be more exact of the parishes etc, but these were entries I read in passing, not directly involved in my researches, and so I did not make copies of them-always wish I had with the smallpox comment.
As you can guess, I'm pro vaccination-I'm also old enough to remember kids at school in calipers after surviving polio