Herd Immunity Have You Seen the 1985 Statistics?

Did you see this viral post on facebook about herd immunity? Herd immunity (also called herd effect, community immunity, population immunity, or social immunity) is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not immune.  If you were vaccinated in 1985 consider this data: 

Are parents being sold a bill of goods about the importance of EVERY vaccine, herd immunity, and mandatory vaccination? I think so, but I'll let you decide. What do you think of this data from 1985? Were you alive in 1985? I was. Were infectious diseases a hot topic of conversation? Were parents fearful for their baby's lives? Why are things so different today and why is the narrative about vaccines so fear-based?

If you wonder where this data comes from, it comes from the CDC, you can access it right here:


If you wonder why there are so many "0%" for vaccine coverage levels, it's because none of those vaccines existed yet. You see, one year later, in 1986, Congress gave vaccine makers liability protection, and, presto, our kids started getting a bunch more vaccines.

NOTE: These rates are ONLY for school-age children. The CDC didn't even track ADULT vaccination rates, but you can be sure they were way LOWER than the rates for kids. Despite the fact that the population of the United States in 1985 (as it remains today) didn't achieve 'herd immunity', we have a LOW disease rate and no one was terrified. It proves vaccines are not our savior.

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