I have to thank my brother-in-law for passing along this graphic from the Wall Street Journal. With the recent measles outbreak and the public outcry against anti-vaxxers, WSJ compiled state level data on the number of individual infected with vaccine preventable diseases and the dramatic drop off of these diseases in the United States after vaccines were introduced. In many cases, vaccines were so effective that cases of illness all but disappeared in the 1960’s through the 1980’s. Simply put, diseases like measles and mumps left our nation’s collective consciousness due to the incredible effectiveness of vaccines. And for diseases like polio – they’ve been gone for some time.
Check out the graphics at the WSJ site, below is the example for measles.