Old Wisdom for a New World

30 Jun

Dr. William Schaffner is a passionate advocate for protecting our children, and adults, from vaccine-preventable disease.  Check out an excerpt of his latest Huffington Post piece…

Here’s a motto we don’t hear so much anymore: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But I live by it. These words have guided my professional career. Why would anyone want to get an illness that can be prevented?…

Vaccines are still necessary and still the ounce of prevention that save us from pounds of cure. Pounds, I might add, that don’t always work.

Evidence? Ten unimmunized infants, all younger than 3 months of age, died from whooping cough in California last year. As I write this we have 156 confirmed cases of measles in the U.S. this year and half of them have been hospitalized because of it. That’s the most cases since 1996 and we haven’t even reached the halfway point in 2011.

Read the full blog post here on Huffington Post.

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