One day when I was at the front desk I overheard a client ask one of the technicians “Are vaccinations really necessary?”
Vaccines were developed more than 200 hundred years ago when Edward Jenner’s created the world’s first vaccine for smallpox in the 1790s. Yet still today there are people who reason that they, or their pets do not need vaccinated for viruses that can and do cause death. I was even told by one gentleman that vaccinations were some kind of government conspiracy.
Not that long ago gasping breath and distinctive sounds of whooping cough, iron lungs, and braces designed for children paralyzed with polio as well as the devastating birth defects caused by rubella were commonplace in this country. Infant mortality was a staggering twenty percent.
Why do we not have these maladies today? Why are they not prevalent today? They are prevalent today; just not in the United States as well as other first world nations.