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Vaccines and Prevention

  • Robert A. Norman
  • Sharad P. Paul
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Abstract

I was in my first week as a newly graduated doctor when I encountered a vaccine-skeptic – a patient who was convinced vaccines were dangerous and could weaken the human race. I remember thinking – as a doctor, I am supposed to take a detailed history, but I hope you forgive me if I switch off just for a little bit, because right now isn’t the time for this debate. You learn something at medical school and immediately try to tell people about it, but you can’t convince them – not easily, anyway. Especially if you have been indoctrinated with factual information along the lines of this: an estimated 1.5 million children die each year—one every 20 s—from vaccine-preventable diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.

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Measle Vaccine AIDS Epidemic Vaccine Shortage Amyl Nitrate Salk Vaccine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Norman
    • 1
  • Sharad P. Paul
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyNova Southeastern Medical SchoolFt. LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.AUTAucklandNew Zealand

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