Here's some cool information about the efficacy of the vaccine in the history of the U.S. Quite fascinating.
In 1923, 1560 people contracted tetanus. In 2014 you have a better chance of getting hit by lightening than you do of contracting tetanus. In 2013, 29 folks were hit by lightening, while only 28 contracted tetanus, thanks to the vaccine!
In 2010 more people climbed to the top of Mount Everest (169) in one day, than contracted the measles in a whole year (63), compared to an astounding 894,134 that were diagnosed back in 1941. Thanks to the measles vaccine.
Now, in 2011 more people die from falling out of bed (600) than die from the mumps (63). But, that wasn't the case back in 1968, when 152,209 people contracted mumps. Thanks once again to the mumps vaccine.
57, 686 people contracted rubella in 1969. In 2010 falling icicles in St. Petersburg alone killed the same number of people as did rubella across the U.S (5)...Three cheers for the rubella vaccine.
In 1901 46,174 people contracted smallpox
In 1921 206, 931 contracted diphtheria
In 1952 21,269 people conttracted polio
But, in 2012 the number of people who contracted smallpox, diphtheria and polio combined was a big fat zero.....Can you say awesome?
What else do you know about the history of vaccines? Comment below