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On moderation, Vaccinology and Science:unrefereed.

Mike Sussman sussman at cvm.msu.edu
Mon Dec 18 10:21:29 EST 1995

Perhaps the enjoyment of reading the unrestricted thoughts of others 
interested in virology has motivated me to post.  On the concept of 
vaccinology: Vaccinology is not virology,  one can be sucessful at vaccinology 
without ever knowing why. For those who do not read every scientific journal 
in an effort to understand virology, natural exposure to subclinical doses of 
infectious virus may naturally vaccinate.  All naturally occuring vaccines 
require sometimes is someone to package them and administer them in places 
other than their original origin.  Thus, some vaccination programs only 
represent the practice of the physician to assist nature in the healing 
process. However, I understand that there are sometimes severe exceptions that 
will require different epidemiological strategies.  I have always thought that 
science is a luxury for society.  Just as art is a luxury.  Hunger, and 
homelessness do not need science, they need food and shelter.  With the basics 
taken care of then there is time for science.  Science can help prevent the 
problems of the future, but first the science must allow the problems to be 
understood.  When it is really easy and safe for everyone to be protected from 
viral disease then everyone will be protected.  The same argument could of 
course be restated, if it were easy then everyone would be protected from 
viral disease.  To those of you who have just read this and have begun your 
rebuttal, I am glad that there is a place where anyone who wishes can address 
everyone about virology. Thanks for your time.        

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