This is such a well-written, informative post I thought I would reblog it rather than do my own post on vaccinations. I am pretty much in full agreement with this.
Contagious diseases have been making headlines recently, withresurgences of measles in Walesand pertussis in the US, despite these diseases being entirely preventable and under vaccination programmes. Parental concern over the risk-benefit balance of vaccines have been blamed for under-vaccination, for example here. The resistance to vaccines and lack of immunization are implicated in the repeated resurgence of polio.
A recent analysis of a massive dataset, totaling nearly 88 million individual reports, is a reminder why vaccination programmes are so important. Project Tycho digitized the weekly surveillance reports of notifiable diseases in the US published between 1888 and 2011, and made them publically available. In addition to the disease contracted and when, the data also includes the location.
The researchers focused in on 8 contagious diseases that have been subjected to vaccine programmes: smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, diphtheria and pertussis. In each case…
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