Oh hey! Will you actually be listening this time or will this be another vaccination thread about how you don't like vaccines regardless of what all evidence says and we can't do anything but argue with you?
I am trying to put together a chicken pox party and am looking for someone to donate their chickenpox to the event. I was thinking of having it at McDonald or some place with toys to play on.
Methinks the anti-vac crowd's future lies with the underclass. Uneducated, sickly, unskilled workers who die young and are easily replaced from the overbreeding hordes.
"Since of the two [science or scripture], Scripture speaks with greater clarity, until a satisfactory resolution can be made about the conflict, I will proceed with confidence in my interpretation of Scripture."
"I live a clean life! It's INSULTING that they think my baby's going to get Hepatitis!"
Why is this vaccine recommended for all babies when most of them won't be exposed to HBV for many years, if then?
There are three basic reasons for recommending that all infants receive hepatitis B vaccine, starting at birth.
First, babies and young children have a very high risk for developing chronic HBV infection if they become infected at a young age.
It is estimated that about 1 out of 3 of the nearly 1 million Americans with chronic HBV infection acquired their infection as infants or young children. Those with chronic HBV infection are most likely to spread the infection to others. Infants and children who become chronically infected have an increased risk of dying prematurely from liver cancer or cirrhosis.
In contrast to other vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood, HBV infection in infants and young children usually produces no symptoms. Thus, the small number of reported cases of hepatitis B among children represents the tip of the iceberg of all HBV infections in children. For every child with symptoms of hepatitis B, there are at least 100 HBV-infected children with no symptoms---hence the increased risk to spread the infection to others without knowing it.
Second, early childhood infection occurs. About 16,000 children under 10 years of age were infected with HBV every year in the United States before routine infant hepatitis B vaccination was recommended. Although these infections represented few of all HBV infections in the United States, it is estimated that 18 out of 100 people with chronic HBV infection in the United States acquired their infection during early childhood. Clearly, infections occur among unvaccinated infants born to mothers who are not HBV-infected. In addition, unvaccinated foreign-born children account for a high proportion of infections. More effort needs to be placed on vaccinating these unprotected children.
Most early childhood spread of HBV occurs in households where a person has chronic HBV infection, but the spread of HBV has also been recognized in daycare centers and schools. The most probable ways children become infected with HBV are from skin puncture (e.g., biting) or from having their mucous membranes or cuts and scratches come in contact with infectious body fluids from an HBV-infected person. HBV remains infectious for at least seven days outside the body and can be found on and spread through sharing of inanimate objects such as washcloths or toothbrushes.
Third, long-term protection following infant vaccination is expected to last for decades and will ultimately protect against acquiring infection at any age.
J.B. Handley, the founder of Generation Rescue, the anti-vaccine group that actress Jenny McCarthy helps promote, sent an essay title” “Paul Offit Rapes (intellectually) Amy Wallace and Wired Magazine.” In it, he implied that Offit had slipped me a date rape drug. “The roofie cocktails at Paul Offit’s house must be damn good,” he wrote.
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