Wednesday, May 26, 2010

La Controversia de las Vacunas

Mis ocupaciones laborales no me han permitido actualizar este blog en las pasadas semanas. Me he conformado discutiendo de temas de la huelga de la UPR, que ya parece el libreto de una mala novela, en varios blogs locales (En Justa Perspectiva, A Ciencia Cierta, Poder 5, etc.).

He indicado anteriormente que este blog enfoca en temas de ciencia y tecnologia, con algo de cine y comics. Esta enajenado a la realidad que estamos viviendo en estos momentos. el tema de hoy estaba guardado por ahi, esperando un momento para resurgir. Ya el AH1N1 no es un issue, quizas de aqui a dos a/nos haya otra pandemia para entretenernos. Por ahora jugaremos a los bomberos con la BP y el Golfo de Mejico.

Comienzo con esta discusion en forma de comic de la controversia de la relacion entre las vacunas de MMR y el autismo. Este argumento fue lidereado por el Doctor Alan Wakefield. Importa poco que el hombre haya sido desacreditado por manipular los datos. Ya quedo establecido que las vacunas causan autismo, no importa si sea cierto o no.

El comic, es sencillo, pero informativo. Les incluyo una pagina debajo, para el resto visiten el livejournal de su autor (

Para mas detalles de esa controversia, lidereada por idiotas como Jenny McCarthy y Jim Carrey, y adoptada por referencia por cuanto grupo fundamentalista religioso del planeta esta discutido en estas dos entradas de Wikipedia:

El fiasco esta ahi. Wakefield y The Lancet han sido desacreditados. Pero como siempre, por los idiotas que siguieron a estos idolos ahora los casos de Sarampion se comienzan a disparar, ocasionados por las bajas tazas de vacunacion (de Wikipedia):

Disease outbreaks
Further information: Measles outbreaks in the 2000s and Mumps outbreaks in the 2000s
After the controversy began, the MMR vaccination compliance dropped sharply in the United Kingdom, from 92% in 1996 to 84% in 2002. In some parts of London, it was as low as 61% in 2003, far below the rate needed to avoid an epidemic of measles.[65] By 2006 coverage for MMR in the UK at 24 months was 85%, lower than the about 94% coverage for other vaccines.[3]
After vaccination rates dropped, the incidence of two of the three diseases increased greatly in the UK. In 1998 there were 56 confirmed cases of measles in the UK; in 2006 there were 449 in the first five months of the year, with the first death since 1992; cases occurred in inadequately vaccinated children.[66] Mumps cases began rising in 1999 after years of very few cases, and by 2005 the United Kingdom was in a mumps epidemic with almost 5000 notifications in the first month of 2005 alone.[67] The age group affected was too old to have received the routine MMR immunisations around the time the paper by Wakefield et al. was published, and too young to have contracted natural mumps as a child, and thus to achieve a herd immunity effect. With the decline in mumps that followed the introduction of the MMR vaccine, these individuals had not been exposed to the disease, but still had no immunity, either natural or vaccine induced. Therefore, as immunisation rates declined following the controversy and the disease re-emerged, they were susceptible to infection.[68][69] Measles and mumps cases continued in 2006, at incidence rates 13 and 37 times greater than respective 1998 levels.[70] Two children were severely and permanently injured by measles encephalitis despite undergoing kidney transplantation in London.[4]
Disease outbreaks also caused casualties in nearby countries. 1,500 cases and three deaths were reported in the Irish outbreak of 2000, which occurred as a direct result of decreased vaccination rates following the MMR scare.[4]
In 2008, for the first time in 14 years, measles was declared endemic in the UK, meaning that the disease was sustained within the population; this was caused by the preceding decade's low MMR vaccination rates, which created a population of susceptible children who could spread the disease.[71] MMR vaccination rates for English children were unchanged in 2007–08 from the year before, at too low a level to prevent serious measles outbreaks.[72] In May 2008, a British 17-year-old with an underlying immunodeficiency died of measles. In 2008 Europe also faced a measles epidemic, including large outbreaks in Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.[71]

Aqui les dejo otro articulo del 2005 aleryando de esta estupidez de no aceptar las vacunaciones:

Y otros articulos donde se ve como los derechos de otros se afectan cuando otros no siguen el programa de vacunacion:

A Pox on You / My son has cancer. / He can't go into day care because of unvaccinated children.

By Stephanie Tatel / Posted Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at 12:06 PM ET

Este articulo es contra la vacunacion de AH1N1. Ese fiasco es otra historia. Mi preocupacion es con las vacunas que tienen una eficacia probada.

An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All
By Amy Wallace / October 19, 2009 / Wired Nov 2009

Before smallpox was eradicated with a vaccine, it killed an estimated 500 million people. And just 60 years ago, polio paralyzed 16,000 Americans every year, while rubella caused birth defects and mental retardation in as many as 20,000 newborns. Measles infected 4 million children, killing 3,000 annually, and a bacterium called Haemophilus influenzae type b caused Hib meningitis in more than 15,000 children, leaving many with permanent brain damage. Infant mortality and abbreviated life spans — now regarded as a third world problem — were a first world reality.
Today, because the looming risk of childhood death is out of sight, it is also largely out of mind, leading a growing number of Americans to worry about what is in fact a much lesser risk: the ill effects of vaccines. If your newborn gets pertussis, for example, there is a 1 percent chance that the baby will die of pulmonary hypertension or other complications. The risk of dying from the pertussis vaccine, by contrast, is practically nonexistent — in fact, no study has linked DTaP (the three-in-one immunization that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) to death in children. Nobody in the pro-vaccine camp asserts that vaccines are risk-free, but the risks are minute in comparison to the alternative.

The Walrus and The Carpenter / Lewis Carroll /

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
The sun was shining on the sea, / Shining with all his might: /He did his very best to make /The billows smooth and bright-- / And this was odd, because it was /The middle of the night.
The moon was shining sulkily, / Because she thought the sun / Had got no business to be there / After the day was done-- / "It's very rude of him," she said, /"To come and spoil the fun!"
The sea was wet as wet could be, / The sands were dry as dry. / You could not see a cloud, because / No cloud was in the sky: / No birds were flying overhead-- / There were no birds to fly.
The Walrus and the Carpenter / Were walking close at hand; / They wept like anything to see / Such quantities of sand: / "If this were only cleared away," / They said, "it would be grand!"
"If seven maids with seven mops / Swept it for half a year. / Do you suppose," the Walrus said, / "That they could get it clear?" / "I doubt it," said the Carpenter, / And shed a bitter tear.
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!" / The Walrus did beseech." / A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, / Along the briny beach: /We cannot do with more than four, /To give a hand to each."
The eldest Oyster looked at him, / But never a word he said: / The eldest Oyster winked his eye, / And shook his heavy head-- / Meaning to say he did not choose / To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up, / All eager for the treat: / Their coats were brushed, their faces washed, / Their shoes were clean and neat-- / And this was odd, because, you know, / They hadn't any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them, / And yet another four; /And thick and fast they came at last, / And more, and more, and more-- / All hopping through the frothy waves, /And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter / Walked on a mile or so, / And then they rested on a rock /Conveniently low: /And all the little Oysters stood / And waited in a row.
"The time has come," the Walrus said, / "To talk of many things: / Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- / Of cabbages--and kings-- / And why the sea is boiling hot-- / And whether pigs have wings."
"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried, / "Before we have our chat; / For some of us are out of breath, / And all of us are fat!" / "No hurry!" said the Carpenter. /They thanked him much for that.
"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said, / "Is what we chiefly need: / Pepper and vinegar besides / Are very good indeed-- / Now if you're ready, Oysters dear, / We can begin to feed."
"But not on us!" the Oysters cried, / Turning a little blue." / After such kindness, that would be / A dismal thing to do!" / "The night is fine," the Walrus said. / "Do you admire the view?
"It was so kind of you to come! / And you are very nice!" / The Carpenter said nothing but / "Cut us another slice: / I wish you were not quite so deaf--/ I've had to ask you twice!"
"It seems a shame," the Walrus said, / "To play them such a trick, / After we've brought them out so far, / And made them trot so quick!" /The Carpenter said nothing but / "The butter's spread too thick!"
"I weep for you," the Walrus said: / "I deeply sympathize. / "With sobs and tears he sorted out / Those of the largest size, / Holding his pocket-handkerchief / Before his streaming eyes.
"O Oysters," said the Carpenter, / "You've had a pleasant run! / Shall we be trotting home again?' / But answer came there none / --And this was scarcely odd, because / They'd eaten every one.

Cualquier parecido con lo que esta pasando entre la Universidad y el Puerto Rico de hoy es pura casualidad.

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Kofla Olivieri said...

Hasta hace poco tuve guardado una copia de Rolling Stones magazine que compre en el 1992 cuando vivia en NY. La teoria del articulo era que el VIH/SIDA se origino en Africa cuando cientificos estaban experimentando con la vacuna del polio. Pero como mencionas, cual es la otra alternativa si no se usan las vacunas?

Beato said...

hola Kofla.
Esa teoria es una de muchas. Buscando de ese tema tropece con este articulo que esta de lo mas interesante.
A mi me interesa mucho el tema. Siempre recuerdo 12 Monkeys y como un virus modificado llevo la humanidad al borde de la extincion. Las enfermedades y las guerras son maneras de controlar la poblacion. Eliminas un mal, resurge otro.
Las vacunas marcan la solucion a grandes plagas en su momento. Lo que pasa es que ya no tenemos que ver lo mortiferas que eran. Las vacunas son utiles siempre y cuando no juegan politica con ellas, como el fiasco del AH1N1.

Kofla Olivieri said...

Beato, si, recuerdo haber leido el enlace que incluiste. Cuando daba programas de educacion sobre prevencion del SIDA en escuelas, esa era la primera pregunta que todo el mundo hace. ¿Donde se origino? Inclusive, en los grupos de apoyo muchos que padecen de la condicion hacen la misma pregunta.

Yo siempre he tratado de enfocarme en que ya la enfermedad esta aqui, hay que prevenir que continue propagandose.

En los 15 años que he estado trabajando con personas que padecen de este virus he llegado a la conclusion que los programas de prevencion sobre std's y el VIH no han sido efectivos. Solo hay que mirar las estadisticas en los ultimos diez años.

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