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vaccines are luxury

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Thread Starter 

vaccines are a luxury in wealthy countries.

 

True or false?

post #2 of 6

which countries?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Wealthy countires.

 

Countries generally considerred to be first world: Canada, USA, NZ, Australia. Japan, South Korea, most of europe….I am sure I am missing a few.

post #4 of 6
I've always considered it a luxury to not vaccinate. Our GP spent 20 years working in West Africa. He has been known to say "if you lived in West Africa you'd vaccinate." And, frankly, he's probably right. One of the reasons I feel moderately comfortable not vaccinating is because of our wealthy country luxuries - clean water, good food, proper sanitation, access to great health care. If I didn't have any of those things I would probably vaccinate.

So, false... until someone else makes an arguememt for true and I read it and think, oh, yeah, I didn't think of that. Which is what usually happens when I read these threads.
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I think it is disease specific.

 

I would say vaccines like Cp and rota are luxuries- those diseases are not overly dangerous in most children.  Part of the reason people vax for them is so they can save their child from feeling crappy, so they do not miss work, so the child does not miss school.

 

I think that is a luxury. 

post #6 of 6

I agree with Katelove, however we delay them into late toddlerhood and there are some I wouldn't do no matter what due to the risk-benefit ratio, even if I lived somewhere else (e.g. anything that contains polysorbate 80, flu, HPV, chickenpox).

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