The idea that the anthrax vaccine should be tested on children in case it is needed in the future following a bioterrorism attack is controversial.
I was waiting to see how the age of autism blog would cover this. I knew it would be tricky for them given one fact (discussed below). They dodged it. Ignored it. And, yet, a bit of unkown irony showed up in the comments:
It is to be noted that mainstream medicine never seems to search for any method for stopping an infectious organism – other than a vaccine. Now, why is that, I wonder. After all, infections are caused by living, reproducing organisms, so there should be a variety of possible ways to decrease spread, stop reproduction, or inhibit life processes. For example, if I get a boil (carbuncle), I dont think of a vaccine or a medication. I simply apply hot water compresses for a few days and the boil fails to develope- no doubt because the heat does not agree with the organism.
Apparently, the anthrax organism responds very readily to certain antibiotics, therefore, it would seem that what we really need is simply a quick diagnostic test and the appropriate antibiotics readily available .
But as we all know, its more about drug company profits from vaccines, than about maintaining health.
My request is that AOA publish the photos of those individuals who have spoken against the vaccine trials- and put a blue ribbon under each photo.
Let’s leave aside the fact that the above comment isn’t even self consistent (the author claims medicine doesn’t look for methods other than vaccines to prevent illness and then with no sense of irony talks about antibiotics)
my request is that AOA publish the photos of those individuals who have spoken against the vaccine trials- and put a blue ribbon under each photo.
Who is amongst those who spoke put against the vaccine trial?
“I don’t see how you can ethically do a study on a child where there is no chance the child benefits from that study,” says Paul Offit, an infectious disease specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, who often speaks out in favor of childhood vaccination. Offit attended one of the meetings of the working group and spoke out against a study. “I didn’t prevail,” he says.
I’ll check back to AoA in a couple of days for his picture with a blue ribbon. ;)
I want my picture up with a blue ribbon, too:
What if we give a blue ribbon to those individuals who, through their actions and words, do the most to discredit and stigmatize the anti-vaccine movement? I nominate J.B. Handley.
David N. Brown:
I don't see that it would be problematic for AoA to acknowledge Offit. It can be on the lines of what I think of as "Even friends say..." And, personally, I don't see why this is even being discussed. Anthrax isn't normally contagious person to person, and it's a truism that a vaccine won't help someone already infected.
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The Washington Post reports that "Patricia Quinlisk of the Iowa Department of Public Health, who chairs the panel, was the only dissenter."
It appears WaPo got it wrong.