It always is when children die of vaccine "preventable" deaths. Here's a story about how children are getting the Hib cooties not because Hib is "out there and contagious," but because their bad, rotten, negligent parents didn't get the kids their shots. Well, that's the implication I came away with after reading the story.
This is plain old bad reporting.
You know what? Mayyybe Hib vaccines can prevent an immunized child from contracting Hib. Not always. Find me a vaccine that says "perfect protection from disease, zero side effects" and I'll show you a lying manufacturer. Not that I'm a cynic or anything. I myself have contracted a medically documented case of the measles after my parents, bless them, followed the full vaccination schedule.
Anyway. So here's a child who DIED after, the news report claims, the parents' decision not to vaccinate. Hey, maybe. But was anyone asking why a mom or dad wouldn't want a vaccine? Or WHY there was this "shortage" that "might" play into some of these Hib illnesses?
Simple Google search, people.
Merck's Hib vaccines were found after inspection in 2007 to have "45 areas of concern, including contaminated packaging of children’s vaccines, unwanted fibers on vaccine vial stoppers, failure to follow good management practices, and contamination of bulk vaccine lots. The FDA sent the letter after determining that Merck was not acting quickly enough to fix problems at the plant." Link.
Vaccine shortage caused by bad vaccine. Bad vaccine that some kids no doubt RECEIVED before the recall. Would you like "unwanted fibers" injected into your kid? Let alone whatever it is that happens to vaccine after the company's "failure to follow good management practices" or the more vague "contamination" has occurred?
Did I mention that you're a bad parent if you refuse to get your kid vaccinated? Doesn't matter that there was some bad vaccine out there and you're concerned. Get with the program.
You know, I'm not anti-vax either. I just don't like alarmism on either side of the debate.
HELLO, let me tell you that when a child dies you have NO idea if that kid would have gotten whatever disease if he or she were vaccinated. You could say, if you are a statistics believer, it would be far less likely. You could even say that overall, vaccines are relatively safe, effective and have rid things like polio and mumps from being common childhood experiences.
But we don't know everything. I'm not going to flip and say my childrens' autism was caused by vaccines because there's so much out there that could have been a contributing factor. But neither will I back up vaccine companies and say these vaccines could never EVER have anything to do with it, or that thimerosol is a really kewl thing to inject into your veins.
I'd like to see some balanced reporting. It seems that either you're eating from the manufacturer's hand or you're some crazy nutball who thinks the government is genetically modifying mice to spy on Republicans in Montana. It would be nice to see some sort of in-between moderate thing going on IMO.