Science magazine recently published an infographic comparing incidences of diphtheria, polio, pertussis, measles, chickenpox, mumps, rubella, as well as hepatitis A & B over time with the years that vaccines for each respective disease was licensed. When presented as a graphic, the results are quite striking.
In addition to this infographic, there’s a companion piece concerning vaccine myths that is worth having a look at as well.
While the image itself is quite informative, I recommend visiting the link above. A .png image is posted above, however, the graphic behind the link is interactive, and provides a bit more detail about the data.
There are also some noteworthy trends in the data. For example, hepatitis B was almost non-existent before the 1960’s, but had a dramatic more than 10 fold increase in incidence in the 1980’s when compared to the ’60’s.
This graph and the companion piece are great resources for those interested in dispelling the myths related to vaccination.