The polio virus paralyzes muscle groups, as it progresses through the body, ultimately leaving patients unable to breath on their own. There was no treatment for anyone stricken with polio prior to the vaccine. The only thing patients could do would be to lay in the iron lung. Most died from the disease.
Polio was one of the most deadly diseases. It effected more than 35,000 people in the U.S. each year between the late 1940s and the early 1950s. As medicine progressed and vaccinations became more common, polio seemed to disappear.
When we look back at facts like that it seems odd that anyone would not want the vaccine. In 1998 there was a paper published that linked the vaccine for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and autism. This paper was later withdrawn from public record, but the myth held strong for many years.
It is rare to have negative effects from vaccines. Other than an allergic reaction vaccines cause very few health problems. The danger of the illnesses that the vaccines save us from far outweighs the risks that may be associated with the vaccines themselves. We need to remember these illnesses that the vaccines protect us from can kill us, it was not that long ago that they did.
Thanks Keith Mann for all the time you spent talking with me about this.