Evidently the 7 billionth human is going to be born on October 31. Happy birthday and welcome to the Earth. If you were unfortunate enough to be born into a developing country or a affluent California family, you may not receive your vaccinations, and may join one the
57 million who die each year of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD).
I totally misread the table. It’s about 4,320,000 who die of VPD. Well, I said I was no damn good at stats.
And if you are doubly unlucky, you may be exposed to illness from an unvaccinated friend, family or health care worker before you can get your vaccines, and join the ranks of the ‘only’s.’ The ‘only’s’ are those who die of vaccine preventable diseases and are mentioned in anti-vaccine literature in a sentence like ‘VPD X is a mild illness in most children and only kills Y% of cases ’. As I have said before the anti-vaxers do not care for whom the bell tolls.
I am no good at statistics. I signed up for, and dropped, statistics at least 4 times in college. Once they got past the bell shaped curve, it was one incomprehensible huh? Part of the problem with statistical concepts such as risks, both relative and absolute, is that it is often impossible to get a feel from what they represent. For me it is like metric measurements. I know what a 8 mile hike represents, but not an 8 kilometer hike. Same with centigrade and liters. I have been unable to internalize what metric means in my daily life. (more…)