The successes of vaccines in the battle with infectious diseases is quite clear with the dramatic drop in measles deaths, the elimination of smallpox and the near elimination of polio, just to name a few.
However, there is a growing anti-vaccine movement despite this and my guest, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, Peter Hotez, MD, PhD says the gains made by the use of vaccines is fragile and has been “sounding the alarm” over this.
Dr Hotez talks about his concerns over this movement in the US and fears the export to large middle- and low-middle income nations such as Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Russia.
He also talks about what steps need to be taken to “snuff it out”.
Other podcasts and interviews with Dr Hotez:
- Hotez measles prediction: ‘Something awful is happening in Texas’
- Smallpox: ‘You can argue that Henderson may of saved more lives than any other single human being in human history’, Hotez states
- Dr. Peter Hotez discusses his new book, ‘Blue Marble Health’
- Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis outbreak in conflict zones: An interview with Dr Peter Hotez
- Anti-vaccine website pushes the limits of absurdity suggesting vaccine-homosexuality link
- The cost of measles: A CDC review
- Hotez discusses US Science Envoy appointment; Lyme disease protest
- Anti-vaccine arguments rebutted
- Lyme disease: New research on Borrelia burgdorferi persistence
- Naegleria fowleri: Study on death estimates, treatment success and the northward expansion of infections
- Outbreaks and the role of health promotion
- Dr. Peter Hotez on World Chagas Day 2017
- Florida reports 16 confirmed leprosy cases in 2017
- Lyme disease case confirmed in Nepal: Himalayan Times Op-Ed
- Sri Lanka dengue fever epidemic 2017
- White-nose syndrome: P. destructans fungus is highly sensitive to UV light
- Diphtheria spinning out of control with displaced Rohingya population
- Sweden: Sahlgrenska University Hospital staff member is 12th measles case
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden