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Polio and the polio vaccine

Reader comment on item: Conspiracy Theories Keep Polio Alive
in response to reader comment: Airport departure vaccinations may also be dangerous.

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jan 26, 2013 at 17:29

Monty wrote

Several years ago, a young man in England caught Polio Myelitis, and sadly he died. The cause was finally tracked down to his helping to change his little nephew's soiled diaper. The baby's parents had both been immunised in infancy, but the devoted Uncle had not, due to some medical contra-indication.

Yes this is indeed a possible side effect of the oral form of the vaccine (Sabin) but it is not very common and here is the US we do not use the Sabin vaccine any longer inspite of the fact that it provides more systemic as well as gut immunity against the polio virus and we use instead the intramuscular vaccine also known as the Salk vaccine and this is why we also have the VERS system to compensate for any type of vaccine injury, polio vasccine included, but there is no doubt that it is far superior to vaccine (for all the herd) but on the individual level injury, sad enough, can happen

After the little nephew was immunised, the contents of his diapers contained active pathogens for a short time.

It is sad and it can happen but the evidence is there that vaccination against polio can eradicate the disease in places like Egypt and Pakistan

Immigration authorities should demand immunisation certificates,

Well in that part of the world (Egypt) you can for sure get a fake certificate so the only way is to assume that anyone travelling from Egypt can be a carrier of the disease so what do you do? There is no simple answer here

and impose an extra no-fly consolidation period.

Well this is what the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta can do best is to have a plan but also to target those that are either going or coming back from Pakistan to Egypt and vaccinate them

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