Should we or should we not?

September 04, 2009
This week's topic: Swine Flu Vaccine

With school quickly approaching, our new debate of the week is whether or not your child should be vaccinated with the swine flu. As with most vaccines or any type of medication that introduces a chemical compound in your body, there is always a side effect. Some symptoms may be mild or severe, with some symptoms being just temporary or a life changing permanent condition. According to EclippTV , there is a side effect that has 1 out of 3 nurses recommending the public to stay clear of this vaccination. The cause for the alarm is the vaccination can possibly trigger Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. It's a rare disorder that affects about 1 to 2 cases in every 100,000 people per year in the United States. "It's unlikely there will be safety issues," he said. "We don't expect any because this vaccine is strikingly similar to the seasonal vaccine we give every year to millions and millions and millions of people." - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More from Fauci can be viewed here.
Based on the statistical figures from the 500 that contracted the disorder, only 5% died. That is a pretty big number when it comes to death. Our take on this, let the first 1 million people take it and based on those numbers, ill take the chance. However, the current outbreak has already sickened more than 200,000 people worldwide, killing 2,200 or more, according to the World Health Organization. With over 6 billion people worldwide, the statistical figure of getting swine flu is less than 0.0000000001%. Chances of dying: 0.000000000000000001%. You do the math.

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