From our September 17, 2018 Facebook Post:
1️⃣ WHY INFORMED CONSENT MATTERS:
David’s father did not know that his son’s genetic condition left him extremely vulnerable to developing polio from the Oral Polio Vaccine.
““It was devastating and frustrating and ultimately caused me a lot of anger,” John Salamone told the Baltimore Sun in 1999. “It was like a dirty little secret: Nobody told you there were going to be sacrificial lambs.””
2️⃣️ WHY PARENTAL CHOICE MATTERS:
PARENTS are best equipped to look out for the well-being of their children. You cannot trust that those whose goal is to increase vaccine uptake will do this for you.
“When eight to 10 children a year contracted polio, and millions of others were protected, “my feeling was it was a small price to pay,” Walter A. Orenstein, who was director of the U.S. immunization program at the CDC from 1988 to 2004, recalled Friday in an interview.””
3️⃣ WHY YOUR INVOLVEMENT MATTERS:
As a result of his son’s injury, John Salamone fought tirelessly for the US to switch from the oral polio vaccine (live virus) to the injected (inactivated) version we use today that does not carry the risk of infecting the vaccinated individual with the vaccine strain of the disease.
““John [Salamone]’s advocacy on behalf of his son really did change U.S. immunization policy,” Halsey said in an interview, “and changed it toward a safer vaccine.””
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