I know this is only a movie but 'Forest Gump' was called 'slow' when in actual fact had there really been a Forest Gump and he lived today his mother would have been told he had aspergers autism probably. And given support.
So no...you are incorrect there I'm afraid.
Just to correct some misinformation here, you cannot get whooping cough from being vaccinated or catch it from another recently vaccinated person. It is not a live vaccine and is fact does not even contain whole bacteria. The only live vaccine currently used in Australia is one of the 2 available rotavirus vaccines ie if it is orally delivered it is live, if it is injected it is dead.
Also, vaccination does not prevent any of us from catching any of the infections, or eradicate them from the environment. In fact some of them don't even try (eg tetanus and diphtheria vaccines both target the bacterial toxin only, not the bacteria itself). They just stop those that are vaccinated from developing a life threatening disease. For viral diseases, they also reduce the amount of infectious virus shed by infected individuals. The only exception is the small pox virus vaccine. Being a virus, smallpox vaccination drastically reduced shedding of the virus in those that still acquired infection and therefore halted transmission. As humans are the only host for the smallpox virus, if there are no humans infected, there is no reservoir for infection of others. Eradication was therefore successfully achieved by vaccination albeit at the cost of gen Y and younger generations being entirely susceptible if it ever returns. All other pathogens for which vaccines are available can infect non-human hosts that then act as reservoirs for infection of susceptible humans. Even if those hosts are not in all countries (eg Australia has no monkeys), they can still rapidly spread worldwide via human travel. Therefore they can never be eradicated.
This is a very complex issue that should always be open to full discussion and any misinformation corrected immediately to prevent confusion. All vaccinations aim to induce the natural protective immunity that occurs in survivors of infection without having to develop a life threatening disease to achieve it. Therefore, just as in natural infection, immunity following whooping cough vaccination only lasts a few years. So whether you have acquired immunity via an infection or vaccination, you will be susceptible to infection/reinfection again approx 5 years later. I could continue on and on about the pros & cons of vaccination (yawn yawn yawn for most people) but I think that will do for now.
Seasons greetings to all.
We don't vax for smallpox anymore, I believe it is considered eradicated worldwide except for a couple of laboratories. There are stockpiles of the vaccine both here and in the US to be given in case of bioterrorism. Polio, however, still exists in the world, so we vax for it. People travel. The last case of polio here afflicted a tourist who'd picked it up in Pakistan. You cannot guarantee people will not bring disease into the country, so it's safer to vaccinate and prevent the illness as much as possible.
Rabies- the NT was on alert for rabies just this year due to an outbreak in Indonesia, but I don't think it's ever reached us here.
I vaccinate my children. I do not poison their little bodies and cause them to get sick. Your implication is really quite offensive. My children and step children are vaccinated and rarely sick with anything. So your anecdote proves nothing. There is no evidence that vaccinating kids makes them more or less prone to other illnesses. I've said it before and I'll say it again: everyone can have their own opinion but not their own facts.
DF analyses water and other products as part of his job to ensure that any bacterias or other stuff is in sufficiently small amounts that it is acceptable to use in making and cleaning chemical products.
Just don't get him started on homeopathy...
Atropos your knowledge is wonderful .. How I wish people had the smarts like you !! I am amazed you even keep conversing with some of these posts .. I feel Like hitting my head against a wall!!
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