Haven't heard that. Maybe in some practices but shingles immunisation is not subsidised as far as I know.
I meant different virus from Zika - ie the shingles/chickenpox Varicella zoster virus stays in the body and can emerge at times of immune stress.
On the first exposure you will get chickenpox and have some immunity but decades later an exposure of someone who has already had chickenpox can get shingles.
I have a friend who was very sick in her 50s from chickenpox which she caught from her .grandchildren. My daughter, having had cancer treatment as a child, had chickenpox first and then has had several doses of shingles (as a child and adult). I am considering getting a shingles immunisation - as I have seen how debilitating it can be in older people - but it costs about $200.
My understanding is that you can readily get shingles even after having chickenpox. That is a different type of virus, and includes other manifestations such as cold sores. It lurks and pops up in times of immune stress. But you can't get chicken pox twice (unless you are immune compromised from something like cancer treatment).
I've no idea. But it seems to be a growing fear. Of course, Rosemary might be right and it is not quite as straightforward.
As a historian of polio and autism I find the parallels with the current 'Zika-caused microcephaly crisis' fascinating.
In 1981 there were the same lines. There was fury when a Wellington march blocked the motorway - just one of many such 'inconveniences'. The media (which seemed 100% opposed to the protests) often said that the protesters did not understand the issues and after all it was about another country.
I would have thought that Heather Du Plessis-Allan, as a South African, would have been a bit more savvy about the meanings of protest.
A scare story in the media but at least some facts at the end
Huffington Post considering the implications for abortion rights.
I was pleased to see this quote from Rosemarie Garland-Thompson included.
“Somehow, what got written into the idea of reproductive choice and freedom is the assumption no woman is prepared or would want to parent a child with a disability."
She was in NZ last year and did a great interview on disability on Radio NZ.
Yes, Angela, the signing of the Optional Protocol was promised years ago but no sign of it happening yet.
Hopefully we can get someone involved in this group to report here on Access from time to time.
I'm going to use this thread to tell a story from my current research project. The Dunedin 'sound' goes back further than many might imagine. In the early-mid 1960s, 'Teen Time' at the YMCA was Dunedin's answer to Liverpool's Cavern. Local bands would play to crowds of young people and the music was broadcast on 4ZB. On other occasions YMCA director JB Munro played DJ. One band which played there regularly was Wayne Mowat's The Discords, later changed to the Cord 5.
Yes it appears that the virus has been around for a few years in several countries. It has just another thing for women to deal with. Maybe some community immunity kept it under control. But something seems to have happened recently to bring it to the attention and fear of the 'developed' world.
Maybe it is the reverse of epidemics such as measles that came from Europe and devastated indigenous populations which had no natural immunity.
Polio is another disease that had been around for centuries before suddenly becoming epidemic internationally in 1916 (a 100 years ago). Why, is still being debated.