Walk around any Victorian graveyard and you'll see that before the age of vaccinations children died in large numbers. Cemeteries are packed with the graves of the very young. Families had to be big, because it was simply expected that a sizeable percentage of children would not survive into adulthood. Sickness, disease, life-threatening illness was just common part of life for everyone in the pre-technology world no matter what their station in life. Queen Elizabeth I wore that heavy make-up to hide her smallpox scars. Thomas Cromwell's wife and two daughters both died of the mysterious 'sweating sickness' which repeatedly swept Europe in the late Middle Ages. A disease so virulent that it was said you could be fine at breakfast and be dead by supper. This is the world that anti-vaxxers would drag us back to if they could.
Even though it's years since I did that strip about the MRR/vaccination controversy (which appears in Science Tales) I still occasionally get abusive messages from anti-vaxxers, like this one that came yesterday from LiveJournl (which prompted me to come back here).
Subject: F**k off
Not truth, but opinion with little to hold water. Your a jackaas along with all the other idiots who would accept even a flu shot. Your ignorance to real life people who are going through a medical tragedy because of vaccines is an insult to injury. Un-educated trolls.