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Antivaxxers take note: vaccines stop polio outbreak in Tajikistan

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitAugust 5, 2010 12:00 AM

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This is wildly good news! Through Vaccine Central I learned that a major polio outbreak in Tajikistan has been stopped! How? Through vaccination. Yup. The first reports of polio were confirmed in April -- 413 of them. However, that ended in late June, when no new cases were reported. That is credited to the thousands of doctors and nurses who not only vaccinated at least 97% of the children in each region of the mountainous country, but also flooded the area with multi-lingual informational leaflets, posters, and banners. And they succeeded! With no new reports, it appears this outbreak was stopped cold. And with the AVN in Australia getting hammered repeatedly in the press, I can now have some hope that the movement here in the United States, spearheaded by Jenny McCarthy, will die off as well. Vaccinations work, and they save a lot of lives.

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