It is probably of no surprise to anyone who has read my blog entries, I am a proponent of vaccines. They give the most bang for the infection prevention buck, and many of the childhood illnesses covered by the vaccine are now so rare that many physicians, even in Infectious Diseases, have never taken care of cases of measles or mumps or German measles, etc. It is a remarkable triumph of modern medicine. Of course, the decline of infectious diseases is always multifactorial: good nutrition, understanding of diseases epidemiology, and good hygiene all have contributed to the decline of many diseases, vaccine preventable or not, The application of science has resulted in an almost inconceivable decline in contagions that have killed and injured millions.
It is always better to prevent an illness than to have to treat it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even those who erroneously believe that standard vaccines are not effective and/or dangerous understand that it is better to prevent illness with some sort vaccine. But rather than use an effective vaccine, they choose, instead, other options. Like homeopathic vaccines. (more…)