With the appearance of a polio outbreak recently, I wanted to clear up some misinformation (from anti-vaxxers) regarding non-polio enterovirus linked to an outbreak of children’s respiratory disease. There is no relationship between the polio outbreak and the outbreak of non-polio enterovirus, and there is certainly no relationship between either and vaccines.
For this article, I’ll focus on the non-polio enterovirus. There is a lot to this situation, so stay tuned for some science.
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New York health officials have discovered a polio case in an adult — it is the first case in the country since 2013. The good news is if you’re vaccinated, you probably don’t have to worry about it. The bad news is if you’re not, you are at risk of the deadly disease, so get vaccinated.
Now, there is a lot of bad information about this first polio case. Some people are claiming that a vaccine might have caused it, which is technically correct, but I’ll get into that later in this article. Some people are saying the polio vaccine isn’t effective, which is absolutely incorrect.
Let’s take a look at polio and this case in New York. You know, the facts.
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A new peer-reviewed study found that people who received at least one flu vaccine were 40% less like to develop Alzheimer’s disease compared to non-vaccinated individuals. If this doesn’t convince you to run down to your local pharmacy or your physician to get the flu vaccine, I do not know what else to convince you.
As you know, I am a big proponent of the flu vaccine mainly because the disease it prevents is much more dangerous than most people seem to think. And during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic (yes, it’s still out there), getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines are important.
Let’s dive into this paper to see if the data is convincing, and more than that, what potential mechanisms that may link the flu or flu vaccine to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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It is 2022, and I cannot believe I have to write about polio. But here we are, some parents in Israel did not vaccinate their children against polio, and they ended up catching the disease, which was so close to becoming extinct.
I am ancient, so I remember classmates in high school who were disabled from polio, probably catching the disease before vaccines became widely available. But most of you probably have not met someone in an iron lung or required braces just to walk from class to class.
The disease was so close to being extinct. dropping to around 5 cases of wild-type polio across the world in 2021. So close.
Let’s take a look at these eight cases in Israel while reminding everyone that the polio vaccine is important.
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