I agree. I'm a big supporter of vaccines but one thing I find annoying is that it's almost impossible to find good numbers for vaccines.
In the United States, the 1952 polio epidemic became the worst outbreak in the nation's history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.
Three years later, Dr. Jonas Salk became a national hero when he developed the first safe and effective polio vaccine in 1955 with the support of the March of Dimes. In the two years before the vaccine was widely available, the average number of polio cases in the U.S. was more than 45,000. By 1962, that number had dropped to 910.
Charts. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF IMMUNIZATIONS
Chart 1. Reported cases of H. influenzae type b, United States, 1991 - 1997
Chart 2. Hib meningitis in children less than 5 years old according to the National Bacterial Meningitis Reporting System, 1980 through 1991.
Chart 3. Reported cases of measles, United States, 1960-1997
Chart 4. Reported mumps cases, United States, 1968-1997
Chart 5. Reported pertussis cases, United States, 1922-1997
Chart 6. Reported poliomyelitis cases, United States, 1920-1997
Chart 7. Reported rubella cases, United States, 1966-1997