Dr. Andy

Reflections on medicine and biology among other things

Sunday, March 27, 2005

This would be funny

if hundreds of kids weren't dying:
Accusations by Islamic preachers that vaccines are part of an American anti-Islamic plot are threatening efforts to combat a measles epidemic that has killed hundreds of Nigerian children, health workers say....

In 2003, Islamic clerics claimed the United States was using polio vaccine to sterilize Muslims or contaminate them with the AIDS virus. They ordered a boycott in messages disseminated from mosques, in radio broadcasts and by door-to-door campaigning.

The U.S. Embassy called the claims "absolutely ridiculous."
Glad the AP gave U.S. officials a chance to respond.

Occasionally, I see anti-vaccine parents in my clinic. Since this belief, usually, doesn't directly affect the problem they are seeing me about, I tread lightly.

One thing that always amazes me is their shock, sometimes to the point of disbelief, when I confirm I've had my own kids immunized.

Look folks, immunizations are not some giant scam where us mean doctors are giving your kids shots just for kicks with the side benefit of injecting some toxic chemicals into their bodies. They are life saving. We believe in them; really.


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