Vaccines and Africa - by Hilary Butler (IV5.4)
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“WELL HILARY”, said the voice at the end of the
phone, “that is such an outstanding achievement,
you can’t argue with that, surely?!”
This person had just read out figures from an article1 which
stated that vaccination had slashed the death rate from measles
by 91% since 2000, and that death rates worldwide had fallen
from an ‘estimated’ 757,000 to 242,000 (68%) in 6 years. That
quote came from the Measles Initiative. So does this2 quote:
“Why Children Die Of Measles
Measles is a leading killer of children in many developing
countries for several reasons. Children are already compromised
with poor living conditions, they are infected at very young
ages when their immune systems are not strong, malnutrition
is rampant in many homes, and many families do not have
access to medical care to treat measles and its complications.
Measles, itself, does not kill children. Instead, complications
from measles attack the child’s already weak immune system.
Measles attacks the body, inside and out. It is similar to HIV
in the sense that when it knocks down the immune system, the
child becomes susceptible to the myriad of diseases that fester
in poor living conditions.”