A common argument of those who believe that vaccines are dangerous is that they aren't even necessary anyway. Vaccines didn't save us they say, it was the invention of indoor plumbing.

Better hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition supposedly helped eradicate small pox.

Better hygiene, they claim, not vaccines, also helped get measles, diphtheria, mumps, Hib, pneumococcal disease, polio, chicken pox, and pertussis under control. For some reason, better hygiene didn't work to eradicate RSV, West Nile Virus, AIDS, or other non-vaccine preventable diseases though.

Better hygiene didn't, for some reason, eliminate any of those vaccine-preventable diseases at the same time either. Polio, measles, Hib, etc., all got under control decades apart, right after the introduction of a vaccine, and when most of the US had access to good hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition.

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