The Power of Vaccines – limited by war, poverty, and wilful ignorange

In 2014 it shouldn’t need to be said, but it needs to be repeated over and over again. Vaccines are one of the most effective means to prevent illness and death. Without vaccines people die.

Here’s an interactive map from the Council of Foreign Relations that highlights the vaccine preventable outbreaks from around the world. If the map doesn’t load, click here.

http://www.cfr.org/interactives/GH_Vaccine_Map/index.html?width=700

Besides the cases of disease, the map also itemizes places where health workers have been attacked for providing vaccines. It is understandable that many of the attacks and incidences of illness occur in areas of the world where violence and/or poverty are pervasive.

However, the totally unnecessary rise of these preventable diseases in Europe and North America that raises considerable concern.  The key here is that vaccines are available, and in many jurisdictions free, it is not the unavailability of vaccines that is the problem. The problem is entirely wilful ignorance.

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