Cheesey;42217 wrote: Thank you very much for your detailed insight, Floggi! I appreciate the time you put into your response for me.
Thank you for reading my large number of words…
As always, though I do have some knowledge about the subject, my knowledge is neither perfect nor complete. So if anyone spots some mistakes in my words, please just let me know. Same if anyone knows of more recent research that invalidates the research papers I mentioned – science does tend to progress, sometimes coming back from previous paths, and I may not always be aware of all recent developments.
Elsewhere on this site, people say things like “vaccines are not necessary, doctors only apply them because that makes them some nice easy money”.
Just a passing thought on this last statement for anyone who is interested. I would say vaccines are most definitely necessary. The NHS is not in the habit of paying for things that it needn’t (or often things that it needs), and the recent outbreak of measles in Wales could have been prevented had parents not been scared of MMR.
I couldn’t have said it better! It’s very unfortunate that some alarmists actually succeed in dropping vaccination rates, causing the very outbreaks of measles and other diseases. Now it was Wales, next time it may be Washington, Seattle or San Diego.
Luckily, during World Vaccination Week, Unicef advocates a new global immunization campaign to protect children against the highly debilitating disease called polio (Unicef lists the page in the category child survival, which says enough, I think). Polio has been eradicated in most of the world, but the disease still occurs in a few countries, affecting thousands of innocent children each year. Some other countries are still polio-free at the moment, but immunization rates have dropped to dangerously low levels – so low in fact that polio remains absent as long as the virus doesn’t happen to enter those countries, but as soon as it does, an epidemic may result.
The new goal is for polio to be the second human disease to be globally eradicated, after variola which was the first one. This is, of course, only possible if sufficient vaccination rates are reached worldwide during a number of years. This is the goal of the newly started campaign: increase vaccination rates starting now, and eradicate polio by the end of 2018.
The combination of poverty, bad infrastructure and anti-western sentiments in some of the most severely affected countries makes this a challenging task. With a combination of concerted effort and good education, we should be able to reach that goal. That would be a boon to mankind!