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Once upon a time, when I was still a young boy, health authorities in
my country urged women to take a drug that had shown great promise and was
most effective in such conditions as colds, headaches, insomnia and
various other pains.It was touted as a miracle medicament for the common
condition known as morning sickness of pregnancy and I vividly recall the
posters of the fifties that proclaimed "at last, effective relief and
prevention for morning sickness".
At the time, almost nothing was known about chemicals being capable
of crossing from mother to fetus via the placenta, after all, this border
was known as the barrier.
What subsequently unfolded was one of the worst medical tragedies in
history and the name of the drug was Thalidomide.
I am of the opinion that the H1N1 vaccine, having been tested in a
hurry and being rushed into production, is potentially a time bomb similar
Those who would urge and reassure pregnant women of the safety of
this vaccine ought to first stand up and be counted, i.e. pledge to the
world that they will guarantee
that no harm will come to any takers.
I doubt this will happen, it certainly did not with Thalidomide.
There is a cloud over this whole saga, it behooves us to ascertain
whether this vaccination is safe and, most importantly, whether it is
needed in the first place.