More proof of vaccine effectiveness – PAHO announces elimination of Rubella in Americas!!

South and North America have eradicated Rubella virus with use of vaccines (which DO NOT cause autism)!! This is the third virus that has been eliminated from the Americas using vaccines. More info here at NPR.

The Americas have led the way when it comes to eradicating diseases. It was the first region in the world to eradicate smallpox in 1971 and then polio in 1994. And the PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) already has its sights on another target.

However, elimination of this virus, or others, does not mean people should stop vaccinating. It demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of vaccination.

The eradication of rubella doesn’t mean we’ll never see the virus again in the U.S. People still bring it here from other countries. But it doesn’t spread far because so many Americans are vaccinated.

Despite the success of vaccines in eradicating these harmful and lethal diseases, there is still more to do!

“With rubella under our belt, now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and finish the job of eliminating measles as well,” Etienne (director of PAHO) said.

I guess PAHO should start in California, hahahaha (not really funny). Who said vaccines are ineffective??? And what did they base that lie on??

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Anti-Science Quotable: Senator Rand Paul spreads misinformation about vaccines #IamTheHerd #ophthalmologist

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I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing. But I think the parents should have some input. – Senator Rand Paul during a CNN interview

Were these tragic cases based on science?? The worst and most hypocritical was yet to come. Paul sent a followup email to CNN elaborating and slightly backpedaling.

Dr. Paul believes that vaccines have saved lives, and should be administered to children. His children were all vaccinated. He also believes many vaccines should be voluntary and like most medical decisions, between the doctor and the patient, not the government.

As a “doctor”, I would hope that Senator Paul would recognize the weaknesses introduced by voluntary vaccination. What if his children were unable to be vaccinated? Or what about when they were too young to be vaccinated as babies? These children can only be protected by high vaccine rates among people who can get them.

President Obama – Precision Medicine Initiative and support for science and research! #SOTU

Today would be Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday!! Thanks for the polio vaccine! #science #vaccine @google

salkHappy 100th Birthday Jonas Salk!! Jonas Salk researched and discovered the first polio vaccine! Today Google is celebrating his birthday with the above doodle!