Unvaccinated kids make risky decision between friends

We hear a lot these days about the dangers of a falling sick child. Why someone would not vaccinate the child of their friend also seems to be put to the test. A new study from the University of Sanda in Denmark has unearthed a privileged opportunity that may offer a snorkelers more opportunity to balance their odds of acquiring filoviruses than with vaccination. The study, published in Nature Communications, indicates that America’s younger generation is the best bet of avoiding being infected, and it calls into question parents’ and doctors’ initial assumptions about the risk of infection.

“It was surprising to read that our results were especially strong in considering our results in the United States,” says Professor Christoffer Bochum of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Sanda. A survey conducted among 4,000 foster and adoptive parents of children aged 2-8 years and 343 parents of children aged 1-4 years confirmed that vaccination in the U.S. reduces the risk of filovirus infection by 52 percent and also that the risk of death is 48 percent lower.

The report quoted in Nature Communications states: “Regarding the burden of filovirus infection in health care systems across the world, the burden was raised between 2010 and 2018 by 1.5 to 2 times.”

Filovirus is large-scale viral infection of the group of bacterium Helicobacter pylori. It is a major risk factor for organism pregnancy/lactation, particularly in young children, particularly in high-income countries where vaccination is routine. In the U.S., 41 percent of foster or adoptive parents:

“The research points to an unsuitability of protection, especially in an unvaccinated population,” says Dr. Julia Solnick, director of the University of Sanda’s Global Health Institute and the lead of the study.

“The study, which also demonstrated a statistically significant protective effect against these diseases, is a valid criticism of preconceived notions about vaccination among gastroenterologists in some countries. Without this study the decision to vaccinate a child would have been the same as for penicillin vaccination, i.e. immunization for one used in combination with penicillin.”

Dr. Solnick and QUT’s Professor Thorbjørn Storgaard are co-authors on the study.