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post #41 of 43
Originally Posted by emma1325 View Post

I agree it's worth a try, but the problem is that media outlets operate on advertising revenue, and the medical community likes to play dirty. I know this from personal experience. My husband has been in the newspaper publishing business for 16 years, in several cities. The doctors and hospitals are a huge source of profits, and they do not hesitate to threaten to pull whenever the content conflicts with their marketing messages.
In other words, write all the opinion pieces you want, but don't expect it to get published if it casts a negative light on mainstream medicine. You might luck out.

yes i experienced this bias when i wrote a rhetoric to the local paper   about their whooping cough article...i included links and all, but my comment never appeared.  

post #42 of 43
Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

What is this belief based on?


I expect I'm going to end up getting the varicella vax for my kids, because they haven't, despite repeated attempts, caught wild chickenpox. I'd much rather they had, but I do want to reduce the odds of them catching chickenpox as adults. So, while pro-vaccine people get upset about non-vaccinators messing with herd immunity, I'm upset that herd immunity has kept my kids from catching wild chickenpox at an early age. What was that quote upthread? "You win some, you lose some".


There was study from Kaiser a couple years ago that looked at the CP vaccinted popultion for one of it's health regions and found the rate of pediatric shingles to be lower than expected:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/Vaccines/17337


There is also a much older study which I am too lazy to track down just now which looked at kids undergoing chemo for cancer (leukemia, I think?), a population in which pediatric shingles is fairly common, and found that shingles was occurred much more frequently in those who had had natural chickenpox than in those who had had the vax for it. 


Of course this is not enough information to reach a solid conclusion about the long term effects of CP vax on shingles rates, and more studies are needed, but it gives a bit of hope.  

post #43 of 43
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pers - interesting thanks. 

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