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The question about vaccines is "Am I better off getting the shot, or risking the disease?" and the answer is usually the former.
Quote from: Bored chemist on 23/09/2013 20:33:03The question about vaccines is "Am I better off getting the shot, or risking the disease?" and the answer is usually the former.Actually, you may well be better off if everyone else gets the vaccine (lowering the prevalence of the disease in the population), and you don't get the vaccine. However, there are certain diseases that are best not to get during pregnancy, or as an adult.So far, I've avoided getting annual flu vaccines as I can limit my exposure to the flu, and fulminant disease symptoms seem rare for me. I have wondered, however, if I would be better off getting vaccinated for species jumping flu strains such as the swine flu, even if I may not get the swine flu until it is heavily mutated in a decade or so.
When the figures look like thishttp://blogs.plos.org/thepanicvirus/files/2012/07/Screen-Shot-2012-07-18-at-11.45.19-AM.pngit really doesn't matter who does the study.The case for vaccines is very clear.The fact that big pharma spends more on lobbying than on research is very worrying, but it isn't the only cause of worry.For example, there's a lot more mercury in my teeth than there would be in those vaccines.But people still think the mercury in vaccines is a problem. There's no real evidence for that, but people believe it and so we get this sort of thing.http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/12/health/worst-measles-year/index.htmlWhich is also worrying.
According to the CDC, one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States who get measles will die from the disease, even with the best of care. Even if complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis aren't deadly, they can make children very sick; in 2011, nearly 40% of children under the age of 5 who got measles had to be treated in the hospital.