Freedom of Choice -Reply

Nicholas Landau nlandau at eden.rutgers.edu
Fri Jan 10 23:36:51 EST 1997

PROJANS at war.wyeth.com (Steven Projan) writes:

>While I am far from an expert on vaccines, being vaccinated is not a
>guarantee that you are no longer susceptible to infection.  The
>degree of protective response to a given vaccine varies depending on
>a multitude of factors such as the type of vaccine (e.g.
>live-attenuated strain, subunit vaccine, killed preparation, etc.),
>the organism the vaccine is based on (virus, bacteria, parasite, and
>the different species within each group), the manufacturing batch. 
>Not to mention the person being vaccinated.

Well, I am far from an expert in this area, as well.  In any case,
uninoculated kids are at a far greater risk of contagion than kids
who have been inoculated.  It is ironic that the low incidence of
contagious childhood diseases, which once took such a huge toll,
has caused people to believe that inoculation is no longer important
in preventing epidemic.  Although the risk of side effect may exceed
the rate of infection this year, that is bound to change as the
susceptible population grows.

What did that post say?  That 50% of the kids in Australia do not
receive childhood vaccinations?  Because they thought epidemic
unlikely, it sounds like it is quite likely!

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