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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

All Anti-Vaxxers Out There Need to Take Note...

...parents of children in poor countries desperately want what you foolishly reject. You are guilty of first-world nonsense.
Parents In Poor Countries Worry About Vaccines, Too

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 5:08 AM ET

Some Western parents worry whether vaccines for their kids are spaced too closely together. The last Republican presidential debate fueled anxiety over the issue.

Once again, health experts have been rushing in to reassure parents that the schedule for vaccinating children is not only safe but medically necessary.

But in the world's poorest countries, parents face a rather different set of worries around scheduling. Chief among them: Can they get their kids vaccinated quickly enough?

"Here [in the U.S.] we've forgotten what these diseases do," says Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of the Global Vaccine Alliance, or GAVI. In poor countries, diseases such as measles kill tens of thousands of children each year. So while GAVI — which has vaccinated more than half a billion additional children since its founding in 2000 — has had to overcome a lot of obstacles, the organization hasn't typically had to deal with the kind of skepticism raised by Western parents.

"Parents [in poor countries] see these diseases around them all the time," Berkley says. "They see the consequences if you're not protected."
All the sobering and sad truth can be read here.

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