Because vaccines have been pretty effective and a lot of the “bad” diseases have been kept at bay a lot the younger generations have never witnessed death or the serious side effects and complications these diseases cause. No wonder there are a lot of anti-vaxxers. Myself, I had chicken pox, measles and the mumps as a child because there were no vaccines against these diseases . My mum vaccinated me against everything else that was available though and myself and siblings are all good. My Uncle contracted Polio as a child, survived, but had a “funny” style of walking and life long problems because of it. Because of an isolated lifestyle my dad never had the mumps as a child but caught it from his children. He got very sick, nearly lost a testicle and ended up with encephalitis and nearly died. I think if people were better educated about these diseases that still exist and saw what can actually happen they may be swayed to vaccinate.
Published 27th June 2019