In some cultures, there used to be a time when parents were instructed not to count their children, or in some cases not to name them, until they caught, and survived, certain childhood diseases. Parents used to have 8, 9, or 10 children with the hopes that a few would survive to adulthood. Nowadays, modern medicine, and modern living conditions, have made it so that most of us can have just two children and be reasonably assured that they will not die needlessly from a preventable disease. It is undeniable that vaccines played a major role in that.
However, even in today’s world we are constantly reminded just how deadly these diseases can be, none more tragic than the news coming out of The Republic of Congo, where measles has killed at least 1,145 children, and sickened over 115,600 between January and June, 2011. In 2010, 5,407 cases and 82 deaths were reported; in 2009 there were only 899 cases and 26 deaths. I could comment on how tragically horrible this is, but I think the numbers speak for themselves.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Again, a disease that has mothers getting together to intentionally spread it around has KILLED over one THOUSAND children... And the anti-vax pro-disease folks seem to want to bring this level of ravaging of life back, because they feel that "natural" immunity is better, and that any incidental "suffering" isn't as bad as the (incredibly LOW) risk of vaccines... That's why I run this site!