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Old 17-07-2012, 10:46 PM   #40
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The fear of vaccines and possible side-effects is truly disproportional to the alternative of no vaccines at all.
Sure, there are cases of bad reactions....as with any foreign introduced substance injected into the body.

But the amount of lives saved and disease averted by vaccines, greatly outnumbers those few "bad reactions".
I don't see the reason for such a panic among some people about the idea of vaccines.
Perhaps there is complacency that such diseases are now nearly eliminated from the population....that a vaccine is not necessary. But the vaccines are the reason they're nearly eliminated.

For travelers to remote regions of the globe, Yellow Fever, Measles, Influenza, and Malaria should be of concern.
While there is no current Malaria vaccine, if there were....here's the amount of lives possibly saved....
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Statistics

Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the groups most affected. According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2009External Web Site Icon and the Global Malaria Action PlanExternal Web Site Icon

3.3 billion people (half the world’s population) live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 109 countries and territories
35 countries (30 in sub-Saharan Africa and 5 in Asia) account for 98% of global malaria deaths.
In 2008, malaria caused an estimated 190 - 311 million clinical episodes, and 708,000 - 1,003,000 deaths.
89% of the malaria deaths worldwide occur in Africa.
Malaria is the 5th cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide (after respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, and tuberculosis) in low-income countries.
Malaria is the 2nd leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/AIDS.
source: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/malaria_w...de/impact.html
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