History of Vaccines

Death and injury from vaccination dates back to the very first vaccine. In 1901, there were at least 36 cases of lockjaw in Philadelphia caused directly from the Tetanus vaccine and nearly all were fatal.

In Cleveland Ohio, the same year, 1901, there was a severe epidemic of smallpox following a “highly successful” campaign of vaccination. There were severe side effects. For example, high fever, arms swelling all the way down to people’s elbows, and huge sores that left horrible scars after taking up to 3 months to heal.

The health officer in the city was quoted as saying “the tears and cries and pains and misery” of the people was too much for any man to witness. A huge sigh of relief fell over the city when the officer stopped the mandatory vaccinations.

Death from Vaccination

The most famous vaccination stories come from England and Wales. From 1881-1907, there were 1,108 reported deaths by the Registrar-General directly caused by vaccination. This report takes no account of the many deaths that were attributed to other causes. It was estimated that actual numbers were closer to 10,000 deaths every year due to disease introduced via the vaccine process.

vaccine history

The history of vaccination is not glamorous. It started with puss from a cow infected with cowpox, then “horse-grease” was added from a horse infected with pox. This brilliance was used to infect humans so they could become immune to smallpox. The earliest vaccination programs were repudiated and ended up eventually being considered criminal. Eventually, all smallpox vaccination programs were halted, as history shows smallpox vaccine caused more infections than smallpox itself.

Links to 1800s-1900s research on vaccines:



Death Rates from Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases declined steadily for decades prior to the widespread use of vaccinations. Diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhus fever, scarlet fever, tuberculosis (consumption) and puerperal fever, all declined or were eradicated without ANY vaccineSee trends for other diseases, pre-vaccine. (CDC charts start around page 80.)

Measles, diphtheria, mumps, and smallpox, also all declined 90-98% prior to the implementation of vaccination. In fact, history shows spikes of diseases immediately following vaccine mandates.
The following graph shows death rate for measles, as per the CDC, through 1960. Measles vaccine was not introduced until 1963. Trends in Infectious Disease Mortality in the United States During the 20th Century (JAMA) show that there were more factors involved in decreasing disease than vaccines.

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Take another look here at United States Disease Death Rates:

It appears better sanitation, less crowding, clean water, and proper nutrition played a bigger role in the decline of diseases and deaths from disease than vaccines.