Um, wow! I didn't mean to spark a debate...I appreciate all of the info.
post #21 of 44
12/20/06 at 6:51pm
Yes, of course. However, I would make a wager that the chance of having one or both parents compatible with their chidlren for transfusion is higher than the chance of getting Hep B contaminated blood.
|As for social responsibility, how would you feel if your child gave measles to someone with a comprised immune system?|
|Hepatitis B is effectively a sexually transmitted disease
in developed countries, but is endemic in other parts of
the world such as Africa, or particularly China.
|Hepatitis B vaccines were initially targeted at specific at
risk groups, including healthcare workers and business
travellers, and were made either from antigen from the
plasma of infected donors or from antigen expressed in
genetically modified organisms, such as yeast. They were
(and remain) expensive, but have now been incorporated
into global vaccination programmes, including universal
usage in most developed countries as the impact on
incidence following targeted use was not great. The
usage in developed countries can therefore subsidize that
in developing countries, but only if valid and recognizable
uses in wealthy markets exist
Of course she'll hear this argument. This is a typical ped scaremongering line, reaking of desperation in order to get the parent to comply.
The OP's child has a better chance experiencing a serious Hep B vaccine reaction than:
1. Getting into a car accident
2. Both parents are in the vehicle
3. Both parents AND the child are severely injured in this car accident and the parents are unable to donate blood
4. The infant requires a blood transfusion from this accident
5. AND the blood required for transfusion is contaminated with Hep B
All they have to do is find any bizarre hypothetical scenario they can imagine, and immunization with that vaccine in the US will become compulsory, as long as a disease is a real problem on some other continent on earth."
And parents lap up the hypothetical scenerios much to the CDC's delight.
The blood transfusion, the bite at daycare, the needle in the darkened movie theatre, the shopping cart . . .
Originally Posted by LI
And parents lap up the hypothetical scenerios, much to the CDC's delight.