Another Big Win For Vaccination

A major anniversary passed without much fanfare Friday. As of January 13, India has gone 12 months without a single reported case of polio. It’s an impressive accomplishment considering just two years ago it reported the highest number of cases in the world.

With this news, the WHO now considers polio no longer endemic in the country and if India goes another two years without any reported cases, the disease will be considered eradicated there.

It means we’re nearing the end of a long program to exterminate the disease worldwide, one that started in 1988. Back then, polio cases were still being report in most of the nations of the world including all of Africa and Asia, much of South and Central America, Spain, Finland and France.

As of Friday, polio continues to ravage only three nations: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. So, from most of the world to three countries in 24 years. Pretty spectacular bit of public health work that.

Gee. I wonder made a feat like that possible? (Hint: The answer is in the video embedded below!)

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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44 thoughts on “Another Big Win For Vaccination”

  1. Laud the mighty vaccine?
    A cure for all that ails?
    Bah, I’ll pollute this form
    with chemicals, lad,
    When every last thing has failed!

  2. I was assuming the email address would give you a heads-up. You’re a good man, Paul. Carry on.

  3. Where vaccines go, I’m sure you know,
    T’is best to take some action;
    For if you lag, you risk the slag
    Of Paul Dechene’s reaction!

  4. What do ye make of this, Will? T’is testimony from a medical man in Colorado.

    “In my recent studies I have been enlightened by some interesting information about the flu vaccines. A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in that group. A JAMA study showed the incidence of clinical influenza in the vaccinated group was 2 percent but in the un-vaccinated group it was only 3 percent. This means that out of 100 people, one person was attributed with avoiding the flu because of the vaccine. According to the CDC, common substances found in flu vaccines include: antibiotics, MSG, formaldehyde, mercury-containing thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (PS 80 can cause severe anaphylactic reactions). There are one to two cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome per 1 million vaccinated persons. Taking a flu shot is essentially the same as buying a lottery ticket for acquiring GBS, an inflammatory demyelinating condition of the nervous system. Thankfully, there are alternatives to improving your immune system other than the flu vaccine.”
    — Dr. Tom Lankering, The Aspen Times

  5. Preposterous, Nell! Preposterous, I say!
    Surely you do not ask that I take the rubbish of this, this, this … necromancer, over the words of Paul Dechene!!

  6. Silence, Nell! Hold thy tongue, woman, for I’ll ha’ none of this! None of it, I say!! There be no room, no place, in the matter for dissent. Where vaccination is concerned, there needs must be ONE view and one alone!!

  7. Hear me, Will, I beseech thee, hear me!!

    “It was not difficult for me to understand why so many children were ailing, when I considered what was the content of the vaccines injected into infants and children. Primarily vaccines contain pathogenic germs or vira, mostly grown on animal tissue. These germs or vira have been weakened or killed in order not to provoke the disease – anyway only in a mild form. These vaccines contain tissue fixatives (formaldehyde, aluminium phosphate, aluminium hydroxide) and preservative (thiomersal, a mercury compound). Certain vaccines even contain neomycin, which is an antibiotic. When injected they cause local reactions (redness, swelling at injection site) or even systemic reactions (fever, vomiting). Thiomersal causes various allergies.”

  8. La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la La-la

  9. How ’bout you stick to the environmental issues, Matheson, and leave the vaccination schtick to me?

  10. Oh, I see how it is. Kempe and Gwyn can go on and on and around in circles, but as soon as I open my pie hole–wait, there’s pie?

  11. My but he displays a handsome countenance, does this environmentalist; a dashing fellow, Will, if e’er my eyes did spy one.

  12. Perhaps, Will, the environmentalist might be more kindly disposed to thee if thou wouldst sell your shares in Styrofoam.

  13. Sell my shares in Styrofoam? Are ye daft, woman? William Kempe sell his shares in Styrofoam? Not on your life or mine! When I have breathed my last, and all vaccines prove fruitless, I shall be buried with my Styrofoam!

  14. Master Dechene, I approach thee, sire, in humility and modesty unrivaled, on curtseyed knee, milord, to petition on behalf of my dear Will, who is aged and grows more feeble with each passing day and does not always glean the gist, if ye catch my drift. In that regard, sir, the passion in your prose has converted Will beyond all reason to the righteous cause of Vaccination. Enchanted thus, he doth devote his every waking hour, and a good many sleepy ones as well, to unmentionable self-stabbing of his veins and arteries with every substance known to man that he can get his trembling hands on. Master Dechene, if thou couldst spare a moment, sir, taking pause from fighting your good fight, and wouldst deign to speak to my dear Will on this grave matter, I would be ever so grateful.

  15. Rest easy, love. It’s Barb and Nick. Pay them no heed. It will only serve to encourage them. Brats!

  16. Pay them no heed? But one lacks knowledge of the plural of virus and the other disbelieves in vira altogether!

  17. I got a spike stuck in my arm,
    when I was in Gr 1.

    The socity of the better felt it was good for all of us and didn’t feel the need to inform my Mum.

    The stuff in the spike seems to haved workd.

    But now I’m just a loser, typin similar prose in the realm of some 17th century jerk.

    A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

    Ayn Rand.

    cheers Y’All

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