Thursday, December 15, 2011

Germlines #9: Vaccines 101

This time on the Germlines I am giving an introduction to vaccines. We will cover what they are, how they work, and the extensive and rigorous research process they must complete in order to show they are safe and efficacious. This episode was inspired by my increasing dismay over the ongoing and growing lack of vaccination among populations that have more than adequate access to vaccines. This episodes seeks to provide a scientific basis and clear explanation for the importance of vaccination. There is a saying in many parts of the world that goes, "Don't count your children until the measles have passed." I don't think there could be any message in favor of vaccination that is more poignant than that. Vaccines have provided powerful landscapes of protection for many diseases, and because of this we cannot remember measles, pertussis and diphtheria for the killers they are. Let us not recreate a new deadly landscapes of infection because we are misinformed.

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