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.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Steps At Stiffening Child Vaccination Laws...Finally

 
It's about time public health officials and politicians recognized that the anti-vaccination crowd doesn't have the right to kill your infant child.

From the Orange County Register, Dec 31, reporting that California wised up to the threat.
Beginning in the fall, all children in 7th through 12th grades planning to attend public or private school must submit proof they've received a booster shot to guard against whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Otherwise, they can't enroll.  The mandate came in a bill passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September, as a response to the worst outbreak of the preventable disease in generations. There were more than 7,800 reported cases of pertussis in the state in 2010, the most since 1947. Ten infants have died, all of them younger than 3 months, when babies haven't yet received their full round of inoculations.
To vaccine wacko's, please note that the Supreme Court decided the issue of whether the government can compel an individual to vaccinate over two hundred years ago.  In cases of contagion, the citizen does not have the right to be a Typhoid Mary.
 
For whooping cough, as with many infectious disease, the schools are the most fertile ground for disease spread:  thousands packed into a confined area.  Those exposed then bring the disease home to our most vulnerable:  the infirm, and infants.
 
Doc D
 
 

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