The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
– John F. Kennedy
The complete history of the smallpox vaccine is almost a book in itself. Dr. Suzanne Humphries, MD, in her book “Dissolving Illusions”, provides details of the history of disease and painstakingly documents medical journals and reports from the 1700’s through the mid-1900’s.
For a different perspective see, A short history of Smallpox Vaccine Thirty Years of Rapidly Decreasing Vaccination in Leicester England, and its Teachings
Dr. Suzanne Humphries discusses smallpox from 1797 – 2005 – Video Presentation and other critical and general information.
Regardless of the impact of vaccination relating to Smallpox and Polio, that should have no impact on other vaccines. Each vaccine must stand on its own risk/reward evaluation.
The Polio vaccine is a complex topic. Again, even if the polio vaccine was perfect, that does not mean that we are not obligated to evaluate the risk/benefit of every vaccine. Here is some information worth considering:
The Cutter Incident: The Salk Polio Vaccine “Tragedy” Live poliovirus, which was put in an injectable vaccine, would appear to be inactivated right after it was made, but sometimes it would ‘resurrect’ in the vial… In essence, the formaldehyde did not kill off all the polioviruses in these vaccines, which led to live polio viruses being injected. As a result, more people developed paralysis from the vaccine in 1955 than would have developed it from a wild, normal natural poliovirus.