Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CNN: Don't Fall at the Finish Line in the Race to Eradicate Polio

I came across an interesting opinion piece published on the CNN website the other day discussing polio vaccination programs.  Much of the data aligns with what we have seen from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and elsewhere, but it is never a bad idea to get a reminder of what we are up against.
"In less than a quarter century, the number of children paralyzed by polio has dropped spectacularly — from 350,000 cases annually to just 650 last year. In 1988, there were 125 countries where polio was endemic. Today, there are just three - Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan."
Lowell Hubbs would have us believe this is all a coincidence and that the containment of polio in over 120 nations had nothing to do with vaccines.  Not only is that opinion absurd, but it makes you wonder what other explanation he can offer which would make sense.  In a period of just over 20 years, we have been able to control, reduce, and in some cases totally eliminate polio from over 120 nations.  We haven't made significant changes in anything else, but when scientists and doctors enter an area and start vaccination the population.... the rate of polio drops like a stone to the point where it is eventually and entirely eliminated in the younger (vaccinated) population.

I actually wonder if Mr. Hubbs and his anti-vaccination friends have any understanding of disease whatsoever.  Do they honestly feel diseases like polio just disappear without any outside factors?  Do they understand what it means for a disease to be endemic in the first place?  Do they have any explanation for why vaccinated populations no longer have to fear contracting polio and why with widespread vaccination programs in a matter of years the spread of diseases such as polio can all but be eliminated?

You will often hear anti-vaxxers like Mr. Hubbs claims vaccinations don't work or that they cause more harm that good.  Well in this one example alone there are over 349,000 people a year who won't need to suffer from the effects of polio... all due to the polio vaccine.  Does that seem like something causing more harm than good?

The next argument anti-vaxxers like to make is that vaccinations exist only to increase profits of the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the vaccines.  Apparently the scientists and doctors and researchers who work on these vaccines as well as the healthcare workers who are responsible for distributing and administering the vaccines are all involved in some massive conspiracy to make money... and these thousands upon thousands upon thousands of individuals are all just looking to make a quick buck so they remain quiet.

Really?  There comes a point where I have to assume even a conspiracy theorist such as Mr. Hubbs looks at his own theories and says they are simply too hard to believe, but I won't claim to be an expert on those who appear to be suffering from psychological disorders.
"Last week, health ministers representing nearly 200 countries underscored their strong belief in the effectiveness of vaccines and their importance of protecting all the world’s children by passing two resolutions. One declared polio eradication a worldwide health emergency. The other endorsed a global plan to ensure that all children — not just those in wealthy countries — have access to vaccines that prevent diseases."
I know of no conspiracy theory on the planet which has successfully argued the involvement of hundreds of people from hundreds of different nations.  Are we really to believe people like Mr. Hubbs who claim the polio vaccine simply doesn't work, or should we believe the experts and the data which proves otherwise?

The choice is clear - and it seems nearly 200 health ministers have come to the same conclusion.

Read the full CNN article here:  Opinion: Don't fall at the finish line in the race to eradicate polio


  1. There are no comments on this article either? Thats strange, I happened to see the listing for a blog that replied to this one and when I read that blog it was the other guy you are trashing. There are some very good replies that were sent to both of these last two blog pages and you obviously refused to publish that. What kind of sick ass game do you have going on here anyway? Cant you answer to any of that? Yet you claim to and write like you are the expert in these attacking garbage filled pages? Why would you do that? I expect and answer?

  2. Wow you are sad Mr. Hubbs. You actually went through the trouble to log in with a separate account just to post a comment when I didn't publish your comments from your blogger account, and you even go so far as to attempt to write (once again) in the third person.

    Haven't you learned your lessons about using shill accounts yet Mr. Hubbs? Have you not figured out how easy it is to identify your trolling methods and your multitude of usernames?

    To answer your question Mr. Hubbs, I didn't post your original comment on this post for two reasons. Number one, Google moved it to the spam folder and I never saw it until this comment came in and made me look. Number two, your first comment was nothing more than a rambling set of paragraphs asking me to visit your website.

    Sorry Mr. Hubbs, but I don't visit your website or your many blogs, and I will never treat them as respected sources. When you make a claim and your only evidence is a website you created yourself, I shouldn't have to explain that your credibility is non-existent.

    Once again you have no credible science and you are left with circular logic with your trying to defend yourself with your own quoted statements on your own blog. If that isn't comical I'm not sure what is.

    Now run along now to create yet another username/account you can attempt to comment under... but I will not be posting any additional comments from your newest sock-puppet account. You really need to learn how this whole Internet machine works - because you clearly suck at this.


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