Thanks Green Fertility for the head’s up on this story, just when I was researching vaccines for a friend from hipmama.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has confirmed that Merck’s chicken pox vaccine fades in effectiveness. Not only has the incidence of shingles changed on a public health scale since the introduction of the chicken pox vaccine and a lack of the natural disease in society, but, according to this article:
” And with fewer natural cases of the disease going around, unvaccinated
children or children in whom the first dose of the vaccine fails to work have
been catching the highly contagious disease later in life, when the risk of
severe complications is greater, they said.
“If you’re unvaccinated and you get it later in life, there’s a 20-times greater
risk of dying compared to a child, and a 10 to 15 times greater chance
of getting hospitalized,” said Jane Seward of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who worked on the study.”
I am sure that she meant unvaccinated or vaccinated yet still not immune. So, is the CDC recommending to get rid of the vaccine, and revert back to the natural immunity caused by a relatively uncomplicated childhood illness, or are they going to continue to risk that our children get more serious disease later in life? Oh, no, they are going to reward Merck for creating yet another shabby medication, and recommend boosters in later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.