The inconvenient truth of vaccine refusal

Follow me at @drClaire When I talk to parents who are hesitant about vaccines, what they most want to talk to me about are possible side effects of the vaccine. They worry about everything from fevers and soreness to additives to possible links to autism. They rarely worry about the diseases that vaccines prevent—and that’s what worries me most of all. It is the inconvenient truth of vaccine refusal: when you don’t get vaccinated against an illness, you are more likely to catch it. A study just released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) makes this very clear. Researchers looked at information about recent measles and pertussis outbreaks. They found that unvaccinated people made up the majority of those who caught measles and a large proportion of those who caught pertussis (waning immunity from the pertussis vaccine plays a role in those outbreaks). Some weren’t old enough to be vaccinated—but of those who were old enough, most came from families who had chosen not to vaccinate. We developed vaccines for a reason: to stop children from getting sick and dying. This was not a money-making stunt by drug companies, as some claim. Here in the United States, vaccines have done such a great job that we have literally forgotten about the ravages of measles, polio, pertussis, diphtheria, and the many other illnesses that we can now prevent. They truly were ravages. Who even remembers diphtheria? Between 1936 and 1945, there were ab...
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Publication date: 14 August 2018Source: Cell Reports, Volume 24, Issue 7Author(s): Michelle Meyer, Asuka Yoshida, Palaniappan Ramanathan, Erica Ollmann Saphire, Peter L. Collins, James E. Crowe, Siba Samal, Alexander BukreyevSummaryComparative immune response profiling is important for selecting next-generation vaccines. We comprehensively evaluated the antibody responses from a panel of nine respiratory vaccines against Ebola virus (EBOV) derived from human and avian paramyxoviruses expressing EBOV glycoprotein (GP). Most vaccines were protective in guinea pigs but yielded antibody repertoires that differed in proportion ...
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Publication date: Available online 14 August 2018Source: Journal of Neuroscience MethodsAuthor(s): Matthew S. Binder, Christian J. Hernandez-Zegada, Christian T. Potter, Nolan O. Suzanne, Joaquin N. LugoAbstractAlterations in early-life communicative behaviors are a common feature of neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and epilepsy. One method of investigating communication in murine models is through analyzing ultrasonic vocalizations. These vocalizations are commonly recorded with either the Avisoft or the Ultravox recording programs. However, since no study has compared whether the systems are equally sensitive...
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Northeast China's Liaoning province has now culled 8,116 hogs in response to an outbreak of African swine fever earlier this month, the provincial animal husbandry bureau told Reuters on Wednesday.
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r A, Tekşam Ö, Ceyhan M Abstract Hanalioğlu D, Özsürekci Y, Büyükçam A, Gültekingil-Keser A, Tekşam Ö, Ceyhan M. Acute peripheral facial paralysis following varicella infection: An uncommon complication. Turk J Pediatr 2018; 60: 99-101. Chickenpox is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV/HHV-3), which is one of the eight human herpes viruses. Although chickenpox has a good prognosis, neurologic complications including encephalitis, acute cerebellar ataxia, myelitis and meningitis may seldom be associated with the disease. Peripheral facial palsy (PFP) is an extremely ra...
Source: The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Turk J Pediatr Source Type: research
This study was carried out during a varicella outbreak in 3 preschools in İzmir, Turkey, in April 2016. Using questionnaires, data including children`s medical and vaccination histories were collected from their parents. Attack rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated children were calculated and the analyses of vaccine effectiveness and of risk factors for breakthrough disease were conducted. A total of 124 children were enrolled in the study. Of the 124 children, 77 (62%) had received 1-dose varicella vaccine before the outbreak. Varicella developed in 34 of 124 children during the outbreak, and 18 of them (53%) had breakth...
Source: The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Turk J Pediatr Source Type: research
[Daily Trust] Katsina health authorities have begun vaccinating 150,000 people in the council area of Danja in the wake of a recent outbreak of Yellow fever.
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Northeast China's Liaoning province has culled 8,116 hogs after an outbreak of African swine fever earlier this month, the provincial animal husbandry bureau told Reuters on Wednesday.
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Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment to counter the latest flare-up of the virus, health officials said on Tuesday, the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak.
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