Here’s a good news story – and a kick in the teeth for the anti-vaccination loons out there.
As this article says, in 2009 India had half the world’s recorded cases of polio. Following a massive public health campaign (it is reported that 2.3 million vaccinators immunise 172 million Indian children per week), it has now been one year since the last case of polio was reported.
Well done Indian authorities, and the World Health Organisation.
But shame on anti-vaxx cranks for continuing their misguided crusade, mostly from suburban ivory towers. At the same time as this stunning success story, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, is on record as being against government-mandated immunisation, saying:
I don’t think anything should be forced on us by the government, [and] immunization is one thing that we’re pressured and forced into.
Mind you, this stance was being pushed as a good thing by the shameful Age of Autism website, which still peddles the notion that vaccination causes autism despite having no evidence to support it.
What is it with these ‘libertarians’? It’s almost as if zero intellect and zero compassion for society are prerequisites for the tag, isn’t it? Is there clear evidence that herd immunity saves lives (and reduces suffering and the health budget)? Yes, but as long as no one is telling us we have to do it. Liberty for all. It makes you want to scream and/or vomit.
India / USA. Which is really the ‘developing’ country?