I remember reading a book, Might have been Freakonomics. I read about ignorant mother's who, since they couldn't 'see tuberculosis' tehy wouldn't vaccinate their kids.
BEcause there hasn't been a case of mumps in years they wouldn't get their kids vaccinated.
Because they heard something on the news about vaccines linked to autism they weren't going to get their kids accinated.
Even though the news is wrong, there is no link to autism, and wrong again when it comes to reported cases of mumps, and wrong again when they determined h1n1 vaccines were safe, dumb moms and fearmongering news agencies perpetuate the lies.
Vaccinate your kids. Yes, measles is mostly gone but in case you haven't noticed we have airplanes now, and they go everywhere, and we have big airports that bring people in from everywhere. worldwide these diseases exist, and tehy can come back if enough dumb people don't get vaccinated.
But then again, i guess the first to die off will be the idiots. fitting.
Harm reduction is another method of treating patients, particularly those with addictions. Ironically, the conservative right, usually full of so-called 'Christians' are the opponents of harm reduction tactics in healthcare because they believe it borders on 'enabling'.
These individuals perhaps need to think things thru.
Studies are coming out that clearly point out the necessity to reduce the harm of individuals engaged in high risk behaviour. Because the solution is not always, "get a job and get off the street" as if it was that easy, other methods need to be employed to help the most vulnerable, but as well reduce healthcare costs.
Herein lies the punch, harm reduction requires an increase in grace from practitioner to patient, and it also reduces the cost to the system significantly.
Do we really watn to hear about how to make people comparatively better and save money? Or are we to preoccupied on a crutch of political appeal to care about the person behind disease?