Come i vaccini hanno cambiato la vita / How vaccines changed our life

Vaccines infographics by Leo FarrantLo so, molti di voi lettori sono ampiamente contro ogni forma di vaccino, specialmente in età infantile, per via di questioni legate al monopolio e agli interessi delle case farmaceutiche etc.
Ma io sono nata e cresciuta in un ambiente “medico”, credo fortemente nella scienza e nel progresso farmacologico, e questa infografica dimostra, dati alla mano (se cliccate sulla foto cvi porterà al link originale con tutte le statistiche precise), come i vaccini hanno cambiato la vita di molte persone, in certi casi salvandola.
A sinistra è indicata l’incidenza delle malattie negli Stati Uniti prima dell’avvento dei vaccini, mentre a destra figura il numero dei casi denunciati nel 2007. Al centro, la percentuale di decremento delle malattie.
La differenza è davvero enorme: malattie pericolosissime come difterite e polio sono state praticamente debellate, mentre patologie potenzialmente molto pericolose (soprattutto in età infantile) come pertosse, epatiti e malattie legate al pneumococco si sono più che dimezzate.
Per dire, se non mi avessero vaccinato per la pertosse e la varicella probabilmente me la sarei vista molto più brutta di come me la sono passata. La scienza mi ha salvato la vita, e sta continuando a sostenermi ogni volta che qualcosa non va.


I know, a lot of you fellow readers are against any kind of vaccine especially child vaccination because of the pharmaceutical industry’s monopoly and interests etc.
However, I was born and raised into a medical “environment” and I truly believe in science and pharmacological progress. The infographics above shows, according to the data you can inspect by clicking on the image, how vaccines have changed people and society’s lives, sometimes literally saving lives.
On the left of the infographics there are the number of reported cases (in thousands unit) of any disease in the US before the vaccines era, while on the right the reported cases of the same diseases dated on 2007 are displayed. In the centre, the percentage of decrease.
The difference is massive: very dangerous diseases like diphtheria and polio has been practically defeated for good (so that in this side of the world no one shoots the vaccine for polio, for example), while potential dangerous pathologies (especially during childhood) like pertussis, hepatitis and pneumococcal issues have been more than halved. With hepatitis vaccine you can really change the life of a child.
For instance, if it wasn’t for the pertussis and varicella vaccine I would have probably thought my last hour had come. Basically science saved my life and still keep going do it.

Thanks to Leon Farrant for the infographics
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  • Is there a vaccine against chicken pox (varicella)?

    My daughter caught it recently and this managed to ruin a nice break. Itching, scratching, fever, lots of spots everywhere… I would happily sign up for a vaccine that stops your child getting such an unpleasant condition.

    Still, it helps you develop your imagination. My little girl hated the cream/gel she was given for her spots, so I tried a special talcum. I told her it “was fairy dust” and she accepted to be covered in pink dust, because it was magic!

    • Hi Martina,

      how cute is your daughter? The poor thing, I can image how badly she can feel: I had both varicella and rubella, and I couldn’t even use any talcum because of my asthma.

      The vaccines in those cases help – in a way – to catch the diseases in a less serious way. I mean, it’s better to catch them when you’re a child than an adult and if you got the vaccines the viruses are weaker and the patient’s recovery will be faster.

      In got the vaccines in Italy when I was 4 or 5, luckily. When I caught both varicella and rubella (and rubella is quite dangerous for females!) I spent less than 14 days at home with low fever and itching a bit. On the other hand some of my classroom mates who didn’t have any vaccine spent more than a month at home living such a terrible nightmare.