Vaccines, misconceptions, dollars…


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.

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]

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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