What happens to people that don't get vaccinated?
Answers: There are risks associated with not receiving a vaccination for a certain item. The diseases are Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, and Tuberculosis primarily.
Vaccinations were introduced as a way to remedy and eradicate the diseases based on the theory that introduction to attenuated species will build a natural immunity to the pathenogen.
What we're noticing is that this is not always the case. Unvaccinated people still get sick with things for which they were vaccinated. You cannot guarantee efficacy. And the efficacy is surprisingly low.
Additionally, as with any treatment, one should know the benefits, risks, and alternatives to the treatment. Severe, and life-threatening allergic reactions have been known to occur. Severe sickness due to interactions happen too often. Possible risks also include ADD/ADHD, Autism, and Alzheimers (the tripple A's). Aluminum and Mercury toxicity have been linked to Alzheimers and ADD/ADHD. Autism has been linked to Mercury toxicity. Both aluminum and mercury are used as toxic metals in vaccinations.
I hope we find a healthier and more effective alternative. For now, I stimulate my immune system with diet, exercise, and chiropractic adjustment.
depends on the vaccine you are referring to. the general vaccines that public schools require your children to have don't have side effects except in the rare cases. 1 in 1000 or so if i remember right.
now if your talking anthrax vaccine then everyone gets sick some people worse then others.
i recommend everyone be vaccinated at least against the general deadly diseases. Can you imagine what it would be like if another polio outbreak happened because people refused to be vaccinated?
Are non-vaccinated people healthier? No its that same except non-vaccinated people are very susceptible to those diseases and there is no case study that proves otherwise.
I can't tell you the percentages, but I can tell you that my own child was not vaccinated & is now 30 years old & has never had any of the diseases that the vaccines were reported to have prevented! The one thing that happens is that the school system really gets freaked out when the parent gives them a signed WAIVER form! Every child is entitled to be excluded if the parents sign this form & the system doesn't want people to know this little known fact!
To a certain extent, non-vaccinated individuals may enjoy a modicum of protection from herd immunity, that is, if most people are immunized there is less chance of a disease reaching epidemic proportions, so the spread is limited.
Non-vaccinated people are not healthier. I don't think there is a simple calculation to estimate their risk for a particular disease.
As for getting sick from the vaccine, that has become less of a risk in recent years. The influenza vaccine has been more purified and less likely to cause fever for over a decade. The new rabies vaccine is no longer painful and risk of encephalitis is close to zero. The pertussis vaccine (the P in the DTP) has been more highly purified, causing much less fever and irritability. The polio vaccine is now given by injection, so the small risk associated with the oral form has been eliminated. The risk to benefit ratio in all these vaccines is highly weighted to the benefit.
Since a couple of previous posters have answered this question well, I can give you a couple of examples, if that helps. In our community, there were a lot of Cambodian immigrants. Most of the adults were not vaccinated for measles. We had an outbreak of measles and 24 babies became ill (the older children all had vaccinations because they were now in the US). 8 of those babies died and another 4 were severly and permanently injured. The remainder were ill and recovered. That was a 50% damage/death rate. While I do not believe measles normally had that high of injury rate in normal populations, it points out that there is a very vulnerable class of citizens who are too young to get the vaccines that also need to be protected.
In the 80s, there were a number of outbreaks of measles in college populations with some deaths. In 1990, they started requiring everybody who had received vaccinations after a certain year to have a booster if they were students or worked at the University. These outbreaks stopped.
Also, be aware when looking at anti-vaccine sites. Many of their issues have already been addressed and a lot of information that was disproved more than a decade ago still floats around as current. For instance, measles vaccine does not cause Autism (which is now believed to begin prenatally). The Japanese eliminated the measles vaccine for years because of this concern and their rates of autism continued to climb. They have reintroduced the vaccine with no indication that there is any jump in autism as a result.
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