• Question: What do you say to anti-vaxes?

    Asked by Meep to James, Hannah, Chris, Binuraj, Alice on 20 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Binuraj Menon

      Binuraj Menon answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      Hi Meep,

      Vaccines are one of our most effective health interventions, but are often misunderstood. In my opinion, the people those who are against vaccine are actually displaying their criminal mind set.

      There are many valid points to argue and to provide them with scientific facts, if they are ready to listen.

      1) Vaccine protect us from dangerous diseases. Examples include hepatitis B, cholera and polio.

      2) They protect children and the elderly: elderly are particularly susceptible to dangerous infections. By strengthening our immune systems early and late on in life, vaccines bypass this risk.

      3)They protect the vulnerable. If enough of a population is vaccinated, infections can’t spread from person to person, This is known as herd immunity.

      4)They can help us control epidemics. Emerging infectious diseases (such as Ebola) tis an example: Vaccines can be a key tool in managing this threat .

      5)They can help limit drug resistance. By preventing infections that would require drug treatments, vaccines reduce the opportunity for drug resistance to develop.

      6)Vaccines prevent an estimated 2–3 million deaths worldwide every year. But, a further 1.5 million lives could be saved annually with better global vaccine coverage.

      The good example is Measles, Please see the link that show actual statistics.


    • Photo: Hannah Blyth

      Hannah Blyth answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      Hello Meep! I very much agree with Binuraj on this one. The anti-vax movement has overall had a bad impact for human health!

    • Photo: Chris Carlton

      Chris Carlton answered on 24 Mar 2020:

      I think Binuraj is spot on too!