Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Babies die to line Big Pharm pockets

So It's been a while since I've blogged (but not as long as Miss N) and it seems as if you are going to at least get a double whammy today.

News story

So parents in Argentina are mourning the loss of their babies to Big Pharm's "right" to Capitalism. Down there $8,000 is a lot, but I'm sorry, I wouldn't take a TRILLION dollars for my baby. Twelve innocent babies had to die so GSK could develop a vaccine against Pneumonia. Wonderful. That's just what we need. Granted, this might do well in nursing homes. But I see this as ending up as just another "requirement" for school. Similar to the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine that was created so that parents didn't have to be "inconvenience" by taking time off of work to care for their child.

I have a dear friend whose father works for a Big Pharm and she said "what about our X friend? Look at how bad that case was..."

Yes and No. Cases of Varicella as our dear friend got, are rare. And I now know (from talking to my mother) that her case was hugely aggravated by the incompetence of her pediatrician not the virus itself. It will be interesting to see all of these children who have been vaxed in several years. Why, You ask?

Because, the Varicella vax (and the "latest and greatest" ProQuad - yep, let's combine Measles, Mumps, Rubella AND Chicken Pox into one vax - that's smart) is only 10 years old. So let's say that the first ones vaxed were 5, that would make them 15 now. They will prob have to have a booster to enter college, or proof that they got the chicken pox naturally.

So after college, then what? You think adults are going to go and get shots? Heck no. And guess what happens when you get chicken pox as an adult - yep, you have a greater chance of dying. (There's a reason these are CHILDHOOD diseases, people! (smack forehead).

Ok, I need to stop or I'm going to have, as Glenn Beck would say, "blood SHOOTING out of my eyes!"


MommyM said...[Reply]

Vaccinations are not a "requirement" for school. Your child can attended school with a waiver form if they are not vaccinated. Everyone has a right to know this but most don't.
What has it come to for people to put a price like that on life? Sickening and sad. There is no greater gift than life, why ruin it over money? SHAME on those big pharma companies; I hope they can sleep at night.

I just found your blog today! It's cute!

Jennifer said...[Reply]

Yes, exactly. Most people don't know about the exemptions and each state is different. All but two states have exemptions. Here in SC, we have Medical and Religious. And during an "outbreak" (which is usually caused by newly vaccinated children), they are required to leave school.

It is a shame about Big pharm companies and what they will do....

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...[Reply]

It's all war, and death for profit, whether pharms or munitions; automobiles or tanks, chem filled athletic shoes or mustard for SC so gay? Well we do have Andre Bauer as Lt Governor...Not that he isn't a hard working fairly decent fellow, I'm just wondering, that's all. And he WILL make you wonder!


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