This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are her own. The school year was already in full swing when I got the letter. I almost ignored it at first, tossing it onto the stack of mail piling up in the front … [Read more…]
Photo credit via Flickr cc license. This is not a post about the relative merits of vaccinating versus not vaccinating your children. That question is not up for debate. Throughout history, populations have been decimated by new viruses introduced by explorers and settlers from abroad. Entire tribes of Native people were wiped out after European … [Read more…]
We’ve got measles. The collective we, I mean. Nobody in my actual family has contracted the disease, thank goodness. But the latest in a string of localized outbreaks across the country is in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, and that’s close enough to get my attention. The measles vaccine became available in 1963 and by … [Read more…]
There is a general climate of distrust when it comes to vaccines, I think, due to the highly publicized (and bogus) theory that childhood vaccinations are linked to rising autism rates. (See here how it impacts parents’ decisions regarding H1N1.) Much has been made of the rush to get these vaccines out and of the presence of thimerosal and an adjuvant in the vaccine. I have argued before that standard vaccines are safe and necessary and will now argue in favour of the H1N1 flu vaccine. You should absolutely get vaccinated and I’ll tell you why.
It used to be that doctors prescribed the medicine and we gratefully took it. No questions asked. Modern medicine had been able to treat and prevent so many diseases, to save so many lives, and doctors were given unquestioning authority by the majority of people. Welcome to the information age. Magazines, newspapers, t.v. and now … [Read more…]