Thursday, November 27, 2014
Be Thankful: We Live in America, and we vaccinate against Polio
"In July the Guardian revealed that the CIA used a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, in the hunt for Bin Laden. In the weeks before the 3 May operation to kill Bin Laden, Afridi was instructed to set up a fake vaccination scheme in the town of Abbottabad, in order to gain entry to the house where it was suspected that the al-Qaida chief was living, and extract DNA samples from his family members."
There have been 260 case of polio in Pakistan this year; this year 65 anti-polio workers have been murdered in Pakistan.
Mad Dog was as happy as anyone when they got Osama Bin Laden, but when he heard they had used an anti-polio worker as part of the plot, he thought "Uh-oh."
Of course, this has been used by the Taliban to bolster its contention that polio vaccinations are "dangerous to health and against Islam."
Wait, polio vaccination is "against Islam?" Remarkable, really, thinking the Prophet could have been so prescient as to inveigh against polio vaccination as being "against Islam" so many centuries before the vaccine became available. But if the vaccine is used to hunt down heroes like Osma Bin Laden, okay, maybe this begins to make sense to villagers in Pakistan.
Prevention of polio has been one of major triumphs of 20th century medicine. It is a dreadful disease, a true scourge. A nightmare, really. Paralysis. Children. And even if the child survives, and even if the child is able to recover and to walk and function afterward, there is post polio syndrome which can make life pretty miserable decades later.
Who could find a dark lining in that story? Militant fundamentalists, apparently.
But before we get too superior about those wacko Islamists, we have to look around at our own well meaning neighbors who refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, tetanus and HPV and yes, even polio.
But we can be thankful our rational citizens can be vaccinated.
And here is another bit of good news to be thankful for: In the first week of open season more than a million people signed up on the government site for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is actually working.
But we can be thankful, there's a new Congress on the way, all set to kill Obamacare, castrate hogs (and maybe other species) and maybe even stop those damn vaccination programs.
Posted by the phantom speaks at 1:09 PM