Do vaccines save lives?
Discredited ex-physician, Andrew Wakefield's film "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe" has been pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. Despite a few loud, fierce voices claiming vaccines are dangerous, the overwhelming evidence indicates the world is a much safer place because of their benefits. Can vaccines cause side effects? Of course, but when they do they tend to resolve quickly with appropriate medical care.
In 1998 a fabricated study was published suggesting a link between autism and vaccines.
In 1998 a U. K. "scientist" by the name of Andrew Wakefield published an article in The Lancet claiming a link between autism and vaccines. In the intervening years millions have been spent on further studies. No link was found! See the facts and history of this fabrication in an easy-to-understand info graphic with references.
PositiveTip: Protect your young children and your friends' children by taking them for their scheduled vaccinations.
Vaccines: one of your best shots at maintaining good health.
Elmo, of Sesame Street fame, visited the new U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, at the Department of Health and Human Services. He was recruited to make a 30-second Public Service Announcement about the importance of getting vaccinated. In U.S. children born between 1994 and 2013 routine childhood vaccinations have prevented an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 723,000 deaths.
PositiveTip: Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective tool for preventing disease and death.
Education is the process of stating and restating reality.
Vaccination facts and benefits are widely available and fully substantiated by strong evidence-based research. Even though the "anti-vaccination" crowd seems to be growing--certainly measles and whooping cough are making a resurgence--here is another attempt at factual education. Popular Science cartoonist Maki Naro superbly distils fact from fiction.
PositiveTip: For the best outcomes base your decisions firmly on fact.
Measles, mumps and rubella headed for a record year.
Background noise from vaccination foes recently increased in the blogosphere and social networks with the release of a video by Autism Media Channel on YouTube. This video features Brian Hooker "revealing" that a senior CDC official purportedly "covered up" the "truth". Read this journal article and a very insightful blog to stay accurately informed on this hot topic.
PositiveTip: Let's not turn the clock back to the middle ages by opposing vaccines that save thousands of lives each year.
A vast amount of research shows that vaccines and autism are unrelated.
The current vaccine-autism hysteria is taking its toll as this interactive map from the Council on Foreign Relations shows. Take a moment to drill down and see what is really happening. This week in Health Care Triage, Dr. Aaron Caroll provides a fascinating, must-watch 8 minute video look at how these ideas have developed. As you watch this, the references for each point are provided.
PositiveTip: Support important public health efforts to control infectious diseases through vaccination programs. They do save lives!
New study fails to find association between vaccines and autism.
Concerns exist about the risk for autism and childhood vaccinations. However, the Centers for Disease Control have evaluated the association between levels of immunologic stimuli from vaccines during the first 2 years of life and the risk of autism spectrum disease (ASD). Researchers found neither the total number of antigens received during the first years of life, nor the number received on a single day of vaccination was related to the risk of ASD.
PositiveTip: The known risks of not immunizing a child are far greater than the recommended vaccines.
Exercise improves vaccine effectiveness in the elderly.
Advancing age brings a decline in immune system function. Regular exercise helps improves immune function in seniors, leading to a reduced rate of infections and the deaths they cause, and increases vaccine effectiveness.
PositiveTip: Multiple short daily walks can improve immune response to annual flu shots.
Risks from the flu are many times greater than the risk of vaccination.
The media is full of sensationalist, sloppy, poorly researched, and outright false articles on the claimed dangers of flu vaccines. There are no absolute guarantees in medicine and science. It is always a risk vs. benefit assessment. Those who fear monger are focusing only on the fear, not the benefits. Here are several links to the facts about the safety and efficacy of the current flu vaccines. They are well worth the read!
Vaccines for 2009 H1N1 flu now approved--will take four weeks for initial distribution.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza A. Several recent studies indicate most healthy adults will need only one dose. Guidelines for optimal dosing for children have yet to be determined. Distribution of the first lots in the United States will take about 4 weeks.
PositiveTip: Healthy living, good personal hygiene, and vaccination when available are important tools to fight pandemic. Don't forget the power of prayer, too.