Meningitis and Dysentery Disease Mortality, United States, 1900–1960

Meningitis

These graphs compiled from government data provide more evidence that vaccines did not save mankind from disease. Historical data confirms engineering accomplished that goal through improved living conditions.

Early 20th century America experienced substantial improved living conditions (i.e., decreased crowding in cities, improved plumbing, refrigerated food, advanced water filtration, solid waste disposal), which caused America to experience a rapid decline in disease mortality rates. After such mortality rates were already on the rapid decline, vaccines were slowly introduced into licensure and widespread usage later in the century.

In 1977, it was reported that of the approximately 74% total decline in mortality since 1900, medical interventions such as antibiotics and vaccines were responsible for only approximately 1% to 3.5% of such decline (notably these figures omit the mortality caused by vaccines and other medical interventions).

Citations:

(1) Kass E. (1971). Infectious Diseases and Social Change. The Journal of Infectious
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(2) McKinlay, J., et al. (1977). The Questionable Contribution of Medical Measures to
the Decline of Mortality in the United States in the Twentieth Century. The Milbank Memorial
Fund Quarterly. Health and Society 55(3):405-428. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3349539?seq=1

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