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We have an ongoing discussion about vaccines in our society: parents tell horror stories while governments and businesses spend extra money on encouraging vaccines like never before. Here is one family weighing in.
We have heard a lot about Zika, and all very confusing. We have heard we need to be worried and careful about mosquito bites and we have had reports of no evidence of Zika in our area. We are hearing that it is an epidemic in Florida and that it is not. One representative from medicine company says a Zika vaccine is a long way off. The president encourages us that a Zika vaccine will come quickly.
Then I heard two different reports that Zika was in fact not a virus but, instead the result of a vaccination campaign in Brazil. And there were further allegations that I am afraid to own, but when I checked them out was told that they were quite possible.
What I think I can say with some certainty is that safety testing would be appreciated before we have massive mandatory vaccination campaigns. Further, I can say I am suspicious and wary of interests who find it useful to smear researchers and clinicians while making a great deal of profit. Further, I have no patience with authorities who act like bullies, shutting down discussion, and cover up real science (meaning peer reviewed scientific journals).
What I can offer you is this interview with a world-class researcher, who engaged in world class research on a variety of topics. I think he speaks quite sensibly and unsensationalistically. I offer it to you to make your own determinations.