I’m at the Save the children blogging conference, listening to a talk on disaster response, sitting in the child friendly area, feeding a baby and pondering vaccines. Tough question. I know that to some ppl they are thought of as a magic wand, I know for others they are considered to be poison. And I confess that I don’t really know which side of the question I come down on.
I don’t have enough medical, historical or scientific knowledge to evaluate the evidence. I don’t know who to believe, and that makes it difficult for me to unequivocally recommend that ppl sign up to the Save the Children e-action. I’m very happy to point out that it exists, though 😉
I think the problem is that vaccines are generally introduced alongside other improvements in basic lifestyles and healthcare, so it’s difficult to disentangle what has had the most effect. I definitely don’t think they should be the only action taken, I’d be much happier to see efforts to improve breastfeeding rates and provide access to safe water sources as the headline activity, but I suppose that’s just not catchy enough for a quick click campaign.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, in the usual place.