Vaccines, misconceptions, dollars…

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The Department of Health in England says that the uptake of the whooping cough vaccine in pregnant mothers has been “extraordinarily good”. A month after the scheme was announced, 44% of eligible women in England had had the jab. The director of immunisation in England, Prof David Salisbury, told the BBC: “It really is an extraordinarily good result. “October’s the first month we’ve got figures and to go straight in at 40% is fantastic”. Early data shows that in August, there were 72 infections in children under the age of one. That fell to 67 when the vaccination programme started in mid-September and fell again to 46 in October. [1]

Two notes here.

First, it is weird (and suspicious) to have a large article about the SUCCESS of a vaccine and have the 80% of the article (at least) refer to the number of women who took the vaccine. The last time I remembered, what is important about a medicine what the success it has with treating the disease, not the success it has with… selling.

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It is very sad to realize that actually such “arguments” have been more and more popular lately. I recently also read about another “scientific” study which praised the role of hypochondriacs because they make people fear and get more vaccines (!!!) [2]

Secondly, three measurements (August, September, October) are not at all sufficient to support the SUCCESS of a new vaccine. Alfred Russel Wallace warned us a long time ago of such “misconceptions”… [3]

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