As part of the European Immunization Week I was asked to publish a blog post about vaccines, as this is a topic I have written extensively about, and also travelled around Norway and other European countries to talk about for lay people and health authorities.
A while ago the World Health Organization (WHO) did an interview with me which today has been published here. You can both read the text and listen to the audio.
The following is a blog post I originally published in Norwegian back in October 2014, but with the help of freelance journalist Malin Bring, who has been hired by WHO to work on this project, I can now present this English version. Some of the links are unfortunately in Norwegian, but I have linked to Google Translate versions of the blog posts and articles.
It is an honour for me to be part of this important campaign to promote vaccines, and I hope you’ll enjoy the read and also read and listen to the interview on the WHO’s website.
Toddler mothers view yet another vaccine with sceptisicm: ”It is preventive to be allowed to be ill”
Toddler mother Vigdis Gammelsæther is one of the opposers. Gammelsæther thinks that it is beneficial for her children to get sick. She may not be an outright vaccine denier, but seemingly appears to be a disease advocate:
Yesterday, the 11-month-old boy was discharged from hospital, after being hospitalized for two days as a result of dehydration. It was caused by the rotavirus.
Mum Vigdis Gammelsæther has been worried about her son and the pains the rota virus have caused him. Yet she is not convinced about the necessity of a vaccine.
”The vaccine must be given during the first six months, so Stein was too old. Now that he has been through this ordeal, I think he would have avoided the strain, had he been vaccinated beforehand. At the same time, I think being allowed to have a childhood disease acts as a prevention later on in life. It strengthens the immune system in the long run,” says Gammelsæther.