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  •  The experience in Japan shows the importance (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn, Greg Dworkin

    of vaccinating children.  In the 1970's Japan instituted universal mandatory flu vaccination for schoolchildren.  The fact that virtually all children attend public schools made the logistics fairly straightforward.

    Japan saw a dramatic drop in influenza deaths among the elderly who were not systematically vaccinated like the children.  In other words, vaccinating children removed them as vectors interrupted the normal spread of the disease to high-risk people.

    Social trends in Japan tend to run 10 to 20 years behind the US and western countries.  In the 1990's misplaced parental concerns about vaccine safety, efficacy and government "overreach" paralleled the same misplaced concerns that surfaced in the US in the 1980's. In other words, herd immunity is such a socialist concept!

    Japan dropped their mandatory childhood flu vaccine program and their rate of flu death rose back up to match the US rate.

    PS- My wife and I get the flu vaccine; we also vaccinate our children.  Practice what you preach!

    Counting stars by candlelight...

    by frasca on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:05:46 PM PST

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