Worldwide vaccine uptake-2014

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I make it a point to update this blog with the most current CDC analysis of vaccine uptake in the USA for kindergarten children (usually around 5 years old). Generally, the numbers have stayed stable, at around 95% vaccinated, although there is high variance from state to state, and locality to locality. The weakness in the vaccination uptake in the USA is that some areas may approach 100% vaccinated, but then other areas may be 50%, which makes those areas with low vaccine uptake susceptible to a quick spread of diseases that are not endemic to the USA (such as measles, polio, and others) through that unvaccinated population.

Given the 95% vaccine uptake rate, it begs the questions of why I push so hard for vaccination–because I want to protect the lives of children, and those 5% who aren’t vaccinated are at risk of serious disease and even death. And vaccines are the safest way to protect a child–protect them from death.

Nearly 55% of the readers of this blog are not American (a couple of years ago,this blog got a regular reader from Iran, which meant that all countries were represented amongst this blog’s readers). I have been accused of being a bit American-centric, but at the same time, I was also curious about vaccine uptake worldwide.  Continue reading “Worldwide vaccine uptake-2014”

Paper refuting HIV–AIDS link secures publication : Nature News & Comment

Paper refuting HIV–AIDS link secures publication : Nature News & Comment.

My commentary:

  1. Peter Duesberg is an AIDS denialist.  I don’t mind scientists that try to press for a new theory.  It happens more often than one would think, but right now, the evidence that HIV causes AIDS is overwhelming.  He’s like the creationist of the virology world..
  2. He refutes the effectiveness of anti-retroviral drugs, without providing much evidence, but using this refutation as his “evidence”.
  3. His rebuttal of the clear cut data of the disaster in South Africa when the government accept the AIDS denialism and anti-retrovirals usage dropped has been refuted a number of times.
  4. Note that other journals turned him down.  The Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology is what is a called a “low impact journal.”  It means that the quality of the journal and its readership numbers are quite a bit lower than higher level journals.

Duesberg needs to go away.

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