ALFRED R. WALLACE,LL.D.
TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND OTHERS. Forty-five years of Registration Statistics, proving Vaccination to be both useless and dangerous.
Having been led to enquire for myself as to the effects of Vaccination in preventing or diminishing Small-pox, I have arrived at results as unexpected as they appear to me to be conclusive. The question is one which affects our personal liberty as well as the health and even the lives of thousands, it therefore becomes a duty to endeavour to make the truth known to all, and especially to those who,on the faith of false or misleading statements,have enforced the practice of vaccination by penal laws.
I propose now to establish the following four statements of fact, by means of the only official statistics which are available; and I shall adopt a mode of presenting those statistics as a whole, which will render them intelligible to all. These statements are
(i.) — That during the forty-five years of the Registration of deaths and their causes, Small-pox mortality has very slightly diminished,while an exceedingly severe Small-pox epidemic occurred within the last twelve years of the period.
(2.) — That there is no evidence to show that the slight decrease of Small-pox mortality is due to vaccination.
(3.) — That the severity of Small-pox as a disease has not been mitigated by vaccination.
(4.) — That several inoculable diseases have increased to an alarming extent coincidently with enforced vaccination.
The first, second, and fourth propositions will be proved from the Registrar-General’s Reports from 1838 to 1882; ;and I shall make the results clear and indisputable, by presenting the figures for the whole period in the form of diagrammatic curves, so that no manipulation of them, by taking certain years for comparison, or by dividing the period in special ways,will be possible.
Vaccination has not diminished Small-pox
Diagram I.exhibits the deaths from Small-pox, in London, for every year from 1838 to 1882, while an upper line exhibits the deaths from the other principal zymotic diseases given in the Registrar-General’s Annual Summary for 1882, (except Cholera, which is only an occasional epidemic,) namely, —Scarlet fever and Diphtheria, Measles, Whooping Cough, Typhoid and other fevers, and Diarrhoea. A dotted line between theses shows the mortality from fevers of the Typhoid class.
The vaccine had no effect in reducing smallpox mortality
The first thing clearly apparent in this diagram, is the very small diminution of Small-pox corresponding with the epochs of penal and compulsory vaccination ;while the epidemic of 1887 was the most destructive in the whole period. The average diminution of Small-pox mortality from the first to the second half of the period, is 57 deaths per million per annum. Looking now at the upper curve,we see that the mortality from the chief zymotic diseases has also decreased, more especially during the last 35 years ;but the decrease of these diseases is not, proportionally, so great, owing to the fact that deaths from Diarrhoea have considerably increased in the latter half of the period.
Typhoid fever without vaccination has shrunk to a greater extent than smallpox
On the other hand. Typhus and Typhoid fevers have diminished to a much greater extent than Small-pox, as shown by the dotted line on the diagram, the reduced mortality from this cause alone being 382 per million, or more than six times as much as that from Small-pox. Every one will admit that this remarkable decrease of Typhus, is due to more efficient sanitation, greater personal attention to the laws of health, and probably also to more rational methods of treatment. But all these causes of amelioration have certainly had their effect on Small-pox; and as the mortality from that disease has not equally diminished, there is probably some counteracting cause at work. So far, therefore, from there being any proof that vaccination has diminished Small-pox in London, the tendency of the Registrar-General’s facts,(and there are no other facts which are trustworthy,) is to show that some counteracting cause has prevented general sanitation from acting on this disease as it has acted on Typhus, and that cause may, possibly, be vaccination it self.
Vaccines have had the same negative effect on England and Wales
We will now turn to Diagram II., which gives a representation of similar statistics for England and Wales,* except that unfortunately there is a blank in the record for 1843-46, in which years the Registrar-Generalin forms us, the causes of death were not distinguished.” Here too we perceive a similar decrease in Small-pox mortality, broken by the tremendous epidemic of 1871-2,while the other chief zymotic diseases represented by the higher line, show more irregularity, but a considerable recent decrease. For all England, as for London, the tables show us that Typhoid fevers have decreased far more than Small-pox,(but for clearness the curve of Typhus is omitted,) and we have, therefore, again, no reason for imputing the decrease in Small-pox to vaccination.