SETH BERKLEY — Immunization Strategy
What the vaccine-haters (anti-vaxers) don’t want you to know. Although about 30 once feared diseases have been controlled by immunizations, many others still elude us like HIV, Malaria and to a large extent Influenza. We are closer now than ever to understanding how to control those diseases… here is what we know!
The Immunization Strategy
HIV and Influenza What The Vaccine Haters Don’t Want You To Know
Malaria, smallpox, Polio and some other 30 odd diseases have been controlled by substantial immunization programs — which, it seems, the vaccine-haters didn’t want to happen.
Sitting here in the 21st century, most of us really don’t have a clue how much real suffering humanity has endured in all aspects of their lives since the beginning of time, from malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, influenza… and the list goes on.
Historical evidence reveals that even less than 100 years ago parents were so demoralized by the amount of uncontrollable disease that they were reluctant to even give their newborn infants a name until they had “proven” that they would make it through life for a couple of year! Can we comprehend what that must have been like?
Then there was the spark of hope when Smallpox seemed to be controllable—Polio, Diptheria, Tetanus… all through immunization efforts.
Seth Berkley is an epidemiologist and the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the global health organization protecting lives by improving access to vaccines in developing countries. [No, they are not pharmaceutical salesmen—they don’t make money from production or sale of immunizations.]
With more than half a billion children immunized, he is leading Gavi’s efforts to reach a further 300 million children in the next five years and build sustainability into country immunization programs.
Prior to Gavi, he spearheaded the development of vaccines for HIV as founder and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
9 Posts in This Series
- The vaccine strategy (video) – 20 Jun 2017
- 10 reasons parents choose not to immunize – 6 Jun 2017
- Immunization v. Vaccination: Vaccine-Hater Cottage Industry – 31 May 2017
- Immunization v. Vaccination: How we got in this mess – 27 May 2017
- Vaccine-preventable diseases coming back – 30 Apr 2017
- Measles Outbreak in unvaccinated – 18 May 2014
- Autism and Immunization Link Debunked... Again – 30 Mar 2013
- Immunization Safety Research – 30 Jan 2013
- Wakefield Immunization Fraud – 29 Jan 2013