A different look at vaccination

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A different look at vaccination
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Sat, 03-28-2009 - 8:26pm

A different look at vaccination
Posted By PAUL ROUMELIOTIS
Posted 2 days ago

Every year, in developing countries, 10 million children less than five years of age die.

To put that into perspective, that is almost one third of the population of Canada. What is even more shocking is that most of the deaths are due to problems that we in North America take for granted. For example, children die of malnutrition and dehydration from diarrhea because they do not have adequate food supply nor clean drinking water. Pneumonia, measles and malaria are also among the top killers. The common trend is that all is preventable.

Agencies like the United Nations and World Health Organization (WHO) are constantly struggling to provide the basics including access to clean water, adequate nutritious food supply, vaccination and anti-malaria nets and medications. Such interventions would literally save millions of lives. Unfortunately, in many countries, these attempts are hampered by local political, civil and even military unrest.

Reflecting on the above statistics, I cannot help but to think how lucky we are in North America. Yes, we have our own health issues, mostly related to lifestyle and other social determinants of health. However, most childhood infections and their devastating consequences are extremely rare in the developed countries. This is due to the availability of clean water, sanitation and vaccination. Looking at vaccinations through the lens of the developing world is important.

Vaccines are probably one of the most significant advances in modern-day medicine. Even in developed countries, when for one reason or another vaccines are not given for a specific disease, that infection rate rises. In Russia, during the 1980s, post iron curtain collapse, political and economic unrest led to a shortage of the diphtheria vaccine. As a result, diphtheria cases began to appear. As soon as the vaccination supply was re-established, diphtheria cases were once again fully prevented. A similar incident occurred in England, when there was widespread media concern about the safety of the whooping cough vaccine. During this time, the number of whooping cough cases increased tremendously. Again, once vaccination rates went up, the cases of whooping cough decreased dramatically. Whooping cough (Pertussis) and diphtheria are a potentially deadly diseases.

As a pediatrician, I have seen children die of meningitis. I remember one case in particular, when a child died of meningitis due to bacteria called Hemophilus Influenza (not the flu virus). Tragically a few weeks later, a vaccine for this disease was released. This vaccine would have prevented this deadly infection.

I hope these reflections can help you better understand and appreciate vaccines and their importance. Yes, there may be some rare side effects and we constantly strive to improve vaccines to make them as safe and effective as possible.

However, if you or anyone you know thinks of vaccines in a negative way, just think of the millions of children that die annually because they are not vaccinated. After consideration of the above, I hope the terms "vaccine-preventable-disease", immunization and vaccination ring a positive tone.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 10:18pm
I didn't even consider that happening, you're right, it probably does happen in many areas. What a shame!
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Registered: 06-24-2008
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 10:05pm

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I can only speak for a small area of Namibia, but a great deal of the water problems are because people are unimaginably poor and even when a communal water spigot is set up, the gov bills for the water used.. some pay, some don't .. so then the ones who do pay get upset and stop paying.. and water is shut off.. or someone cuts off the top of the spigot to "steal" water .. the gov shuts the water off, and no one has access to any water because they live in a desert.

Its not a matter of terrorists so much as local gov red tape and money. I know the issues are prob different in places like Somalia, Ethiopia and the Sudan.. but for the more stable African nations this may be the case (although not all are in deserts (: ). The same is true in south/central America.




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Registered: 07-17-2005
Sat, 04-18-2009 - 1:44pm

It is awesome! I keep thinking what a difference it could have made if we only had the internet a few decades sooner, as things were just beginning to get out of hand. People are now starting to see the light but if only they could have seen it before it all got out of hand...before we turned our food and medications into a chemical wonderland. Before government and greed allowed our health care to become all about money instead of what's good for we-the-people. I would never have thought about taking my child to see a chiropractor for allergies and so many like me are beginning to learn about drug free medications...thank God for the internet!

Drugs certainly have their place but if my kids have drugs pushed on them it will be by me - not by mainstream group-think.

And welcome to the board!

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Registered: 10-02-2007
Sat, 04-18-2009 - 10:57am
Wow, natural living at its best, huh? How awesome!
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 9:32pm
Smart lady :)
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Fri, 04-10-2009 - 4:51pm

I know a lady who's a chiropractor. She's 56 and is the picture of good health. She has beautiful skin, looks like she's in her 30's. I'm sure she won't mind me sharing, this is what she recently told me:

"As hard as it is for some people to believe, life without drugs and surgery is utterly possible. At the age of 56, I have never had a prescription filled, never been hospitalized for illness, never had surgery. Also, never had a vaccine of any kind. That also applies to my siblings (all older than myself--60, 63, and 65) as well as our nine children (aged 25-42) and eleven grandchildren (aged 6 months-12 years). I would be remiss not to mention my 93 year-old father, who is still a practicing chiropractor, who has never participated in any of the above, either."

I wished I had met her a long time ago but it's never too late to learn about true health. It's never to late to drop big pharma's idea of health either!

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Registered: 09-09-2007
Fri, 04-10-2009 - 1:22am

" The way a person lives says a lot for adaptability and survival rates."

Absolutely! Not just regarding living conditions in different countries. A person who lives a life that is full of medications and lacking in a normal functioning immune system...well, let's just say "You can tell how healthy a man is by what he takes two at a time, stairs or pills."

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 4:21pm

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I've had a discussion with a friend about the success of the common cold, as in, it manages to move from person to person pretty well without burning up or killing the host. She always reminds me that if I were actually having to chase down the food I was going to eat that I may very well be taken out by it. The way a person lives says a lot for adaptability and survival rates.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 03-30-2009 - 8:22pm

Yeah, I'm always catching how they only use figures from the early 1900's and late 1800's when they start the fear mongering. And it is almost ALWAYS numbers from an undeveloped country.

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Registered: 01-02-2009
Mon, 03-30-2009 - 12:13pm

I know someone who lived in Russia during the diphtheria "epidemics" which were not caused by a vaccine shortage. They were caused by a collapse in living conditions and sanitation, widespread alcoholism, etc. In spite of a high level of vaccination there are several hundred cases of diptheria every year in Russia, because the problems continue.


This is one of those stories that pro-vaxers like to spread.

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