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Measles deaths were already close to zero when the vaccine was introduced.

Like measles, most of the diseases that plagued the U.S. in the early 1900s were declining in number long before the vaccines were developed.  This trend was due to factors such as

better sanitation, cleaner water, and better health care.

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You can see the same trend with Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is a respiratory illness with symptoms that resemble those of other common illnesses, such as a cold, the flu or bronchitis.  Before the vaccine it was considered a normal childhood disease.  

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There are many infectious diseases for which there is NO vaccine.

Many of these diseases are just as contagious as the measles, yet, there is no fear of widespread plague or media hype associated with them.



Data source: Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition Online