The shot heard ‘round the world

Ever take something for granted, like the price of Beanie Babies? Most developed countries have successful vaccination programs for their citizens and many of the diseases our parents grow up fighting have been put to bed. So it’s interesting when a survey of 1,000 US adults “reveals a shift over the last decade in Americans’ attitudes about vaccines developed where 77% are confident in the current system in the US for evaluating the safety of vaccines and recommendations for when they should be given, an 8% decrease from 2008.” A decrease? The devil might be in the details as vaccines can cover the flu, or the MMR (FYI, Japan banned the combined MMR shot in 1993), or pneumococcal pneumonia, or HPV cancer prevention. Maybe vaccinations aren’t as cool as they used to be, but we do know that  Schoolhouse Rock is always cool.