Influenza is a serious respiratory infection that is easily transmittable. While the vaccine against it is not the best it can be, it is still something. Detainees at immigration centers will not get the vaccine, and this could be dangerous to public health.
Recently, measles has made a comeback in countries around the world where it was eliminated. Cases imported by un-vaccinated people have triggered local outbreaks in places around the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Africa. Today, the World Health Organization and Public Health England have announced that measles is no longer considered eliminated in the United Kingdom. The United States and other developed nations where measles was once considered eliminated might be next.
Vaccines and medical technology go hand-in hand. We would not have one without the other.
We humans are bad at assessing risk. “In fact, 9% of Americans fear zombies, which don’t even exist.” From that innate inability to measure risk come many of the fears about vaccination. In this short video, Minute Earth explains the risks of vaccination.
Texas and Australia both faced a decision over a dozen years ago: To give girls the HPV vaccine or not. One did so. One did not. The results of this natural experiment are as expected.