No one can deny how amazing that vaccine was for the world, right? Not so much when you really understand the history of polio:
Most people really don't realize the true history of polio, we are only familiar with what we saw on TV when the media promoted the vaccine- such as photos of paralyzed children in iron lung who later died. The Merck manual says that more than 90% of polio cases simply resembled the stomach flu, another 5% had abortive polio which included a sore throat, and another 3% had non-paralytic polio which includes some limb weakness and numbness. This 98% of people infected with polio had a complete recovery (and have life long immunity) and the symptoms resolved within 10-14 days. Slightly less than 2% had paralytic polio. This 2% can be divided into 3 sub-categories. Among those 3 sub-categories 50% had a complete recovery rate. The other 50% contained a mixture of results - some had a longer recovery and some did not fully recover. This who did not fully recover suffered from some paralysis and sadly, some also died. Less than .04% of the people that contracted polio ha Bulbar Polio which is the horrific kind most people think of when they hear the word "polio".
Charts show a decline from the peak of polio in 1954, before vaccine trials began on April 12, 1955. After the vaccine trials started, an increase in Polio cases was reported in Vermont (up 266%), Rhode Island (up 454%) and Massachusetts (up 643%). Idaho and Utah even banned the vaccine because prior to the vaccine trials there had never been a case reported in those states and once they started vaccinating, people were getting infected.
In June of 1955, just weeks after massive vaccination started, 2 of 8 lots of vaccines were administered which released live virus, infecting 40,000 people with polio - 164 were permanently paralyzed and 10 died. (Am J Hyg. 1963:29-60)
Why were reports showing the vaccines helped? Because it would have been embarrassing for the CDC to admit it was a failure! They would have also taken a hit financially. So they changed diagnosis parameters of polio and the definition of epidemic. Prior to 1954 an epidemic was defined as 6/100,000 diagnosed, after 1955 it was changed to 35/100,000 diagnosed. Also, in the beginning limb weakness lasting 3 days was diagnosed as polio. It was later changed to symptoms lasting 60 days, instead of 3. Since 98% of cases recovered within 10-14 days (according to the Merck manual) then the majority of cases were no longer being diagnosed, but the vaccine was applauded has having been very effective. I guess it is easy to make it look that way when you change the diagnosis parameters, and change the definition of epidemic. By the time Sabin's vaccine for polio came out in 1961, the disease had almost been eradicated.
The United States has been polio-free since 1979 - with the exception of cases resulting from the vaccine. WHO certified the Western Hemisphere Polio-free sine 1994, after no cases were reported since 1991. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD MMWR 1994; 43:720-2
Why are we still giving our kids 5 doses of polio vaccine starting at 2 months of age???
On National Vaccination Day about 430,000,000 people are vaccinated worldwide and it is reported that 1 case per million vaccinated contracts Polio from the vaccine. The country with the highest incidence of Polio is Nigeria, with 178 cases reported as of 2003 and they now refuse the vaccine. Why? Because that number is insignificant compared to the number of people dying of malnutrition, dirty water, and lack of housing. They said that if people want to bring in $$$$, bring it to help their needs like clean water and food, etc. (Not for a disease that 98% of people recover from in 10-14 days)
Other Factors In The Decline of Polio:
Polio is a butt-to-mouth disease. It was most common in children. Children are more likely to have polio than adults because they lack the inhibitions adults have. If a child has an itch, there is nothing to stop them from sticking their hand right down their pants to scratch it. Within minutes, their hands are in their mouths. Polio is spread from feces to mouth. Right around the time the vaccine was introduced, the United States was also improving plumbing and water supply for sanitary hand-washing and sewage removal. Completely unrelated to vaccines or disease in any way, the show "Filthy Cities" gives amazing insight into the living conditions that were present prior to adequate plumbing and sanitization, and unintentionally reveals how pivotal the introduction of such sanitization was changing the course of disease!
Another factor was DDT. This insecticide had widespread use in the 1940's and we later learned that is was causing harm to humans, animals, and our environment. The symptoms people were experiencing were nearly identical in some cases to Polio. Since Polio was only diagnosed clinically, it is more than likely that many cases of DDT poisoning were misdiagnosed as Polio. The regulations of DDT started in the late 50's and early 60's, also coinciding with the decline of Polio cases.
What about safety? What's the harm in just getting the vaccine "in case"?
Here are the ingredients we give to American children in IPV: 2-phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde, neomycin, streptomycin, polymyxin B, monkey kidney cells, Eagle MEM modified medium, calf serum protein, Medium 199
"The most common contaminant virus found in bovine serum is a member of the pestivirus family called bovine diarrhea virus (BVDV). All commercially available bovine (cow) serum is thought to be contaminated with this virus. Vaccines grown on contaminated cells may, in turn, have viral contaminants in the final product. The animal viruses can combine with viruses in the vaccine and become an active, unique disease." REF:J Infect Dis. 1996 Dec;174(6): 1324-7. Contamination of commercially available fetal bovine sera with bovine diarrhea virus genomes: implications for the hepatitis V virus in cell cultures. (Via Saying No To Vaccines, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny)
Besides the fact that we all know formaldehyde is a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), the original vaccine contained SV40 monkey virus linked to cancer. We could dissect the other ingredients on the list, but we'll just move on. Would I risk cancer which now is at an astonishing rate of 1/2.5 people over a disease that is not around and for which 98% of people recover in 14 days? NO! How many cancer patients recover in 10-14 days? NONE!
This is an excerpt from the IPV package insert:
"deaths have occurred in temporal association after vaccination of infants with IPV."
I would never risk cancer or death from a vaccine overhear of a disease I will never be exposed to. Who would???
*Note, special thanks to the work of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny who presented much of this information in her amazing and must-see video "Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices"