nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Vaccine Deniers Please Move To Another Planet So You Won't Kill The Rest Of Us.

It's that time of year.  The flu vaccine is here.  I got mine yesterday.  Don't mess around.

This year's vaccine covers three viral strains:  the pandemic H1N1 (it's still around), an influenza B strain (most of human cases are influenza A types, but this one is expected to be a factor this year), and an H3N2 virus that's cruising the globe.  Every year WHO and the CDC make a "best guess" combination.  This strategy usually works fairly well. 

Even if you don't think influenza is serious for you, it will be for the person you transmit it to...who may be frail, elderly, or have other health problems.

The higher the percentage of immunes, the less transmission.  That's the path to control.

Doc D


Eileen said...

I heard there was an outbreak of Whooping Cough in California. I think vaccinations should a required topic of conversation pre-cana.

Doc D said...

You're exactly right. There has been a 400% increase in 2010 over the 2009 total. Most cases in infants under 1 year. 105 hospitalizations and five unnecessary infant deaths. California, in addition to the usual religious deferment, has a "denier" clause that allows exemption based on disbelief in vaccines. I read somewhere that the least vaccinated areas of CA are in the Hispanic population and college-educated New Age crowd. It's a shame that the kids suffer, instead of the decision-making adults (at least in the case of the oughta-know-better group).

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