Did Vaccines Eradicate Diseases in the 20th Century?
To get a proper perspective on the real medical threat of measles we need to take a broader view using measles deaths, not cases. The graph above reflects  measles deaths, beginning in 1838.  It is a much more telling visual representation of the history of measles. As you can see, measles deaths were rare by the time the vaccines were introduced. This reveals that by the time the measles vaccine was introduced, the death rate had declined to fewer than 1 deaths per 100,000 measles cases, or less than 00.001%.
After 1950 Measles Were No Longer a Threat in the U.S.
The vaccine.gov article also states that the measles vaccine was licensed in 1962 and that’s when measles started to decline. What the article fails to mention is that the 1963 version of the measles vaccine was a failure which actually produced a deadlier form of the measles known as atypical measles. It wasn’t until 1968 that a second version of the vaccine was introduced, and by that time, measles mortality rates had dropped by 98%, making it a benign childhood disease. I’m not suggesting that measles is a pleasant sickness without discomfort, but in regard to public safety, measles was no longer a threat to our society after 1950, which is the start date on the misleading chart. So when we’re told that vaccines saved us, it’s just not true. We still have measles cases today, despite our aggressive vaccination program and very few people in the U.S. are dying or having serious complications as a result.
Measles is not the dangerous disease we are told and most of the complications we see in measles cases today are found in developing countries, not the U.S. Even The World Health Organization acknowledges that most measles complications happen outside of the U.S. The WHO also states that even in developing countries, only up to 10% of measles cases result in death. I certainly do not want to minimize any deaths, but statistically speaking, the measles is far less dangerous than we are led to believe. The Disneyland measles “outbreak” in 2015 that the media sensationalized was more of a vaccine marketing event than an infectious disease event. This was all over 150 cases of the measles in a country of over 300 million people.
Here is what the World Health Organization (WHO) states about measles deaths:
In populations with high levels of malnutrition and a lack of adequate health care, up to 10% of measles cases result in death. Women infected while pregnant are also at risk of severe complications and the pregnancy may end in miscarriage or preterm delivery. People who recover from measles are immune for the rest of their lives. Measles is still common in many developing countries – particularly in parts of Africa and Asia.
The overwhelming majority (more than 95%) of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures.
– World Health Organization

Dr. Goldman has served as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Human and Experimental Toxicology (HET), Vaccine, The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), Expert Review of Vaccines (ERV), Expert Review of Dermatology (ERD), Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (JEADV), Epidemiology and Infection, The Open Allergy Journal, BioMed Research International (Biomed Res Int), and British Medical Journal (BMJ). He is included on the Editorial Board of Research and Reviews in BioSciences.
“In 1995 I was hired as an Epidemiology Analyst on the Antelope Valley Varicella Active Surveillance Project–a joint project of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LACDHS)–Acute Communicable Disease Control Unit and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, GA). Initially, I considered it an honor to be part of a team that was to study the effect of the varicella vaccine on the 300,000 residents comprising the Antelope Valley region. While all positive effects of the vaccine were readily approved for publication, it appeared the deleterious effects (e.g., increases in shingles incidence among unvaccinated children and adults that had natural varicella) were being suppressed.  After 8 years, I resigned from my employment so as to publish all the results and not be a party to what I perceived as research fraud–with the sponsors of the research seemingly squashing objective research and dictating published outcomes. I was served a notice to “cease and desist” publication of the results in a medical journal, but overcame that objection and the studies were indeed published. Both the LACDHS and CDC continued (unsuccessfully) to interfere and attempt to prevent publication of manuscripts after they had already been accepted and approved for publication by various medical journal editors. Intervention of my attorney was necessary in some cases.” – Gary Goldman, Ph.D.

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