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Topic - Plague in Madagascar
Posted: November 13 2017 at 1:39am By Technophobe
No point in telling them if they will not listen.

Every time there is a rumor about a vaccination program the parents take their kids out of school to avoid it.  

You could teach the kids at school about the value of vaccination and then vaccinate the next generation.  But that would be a solution in 30-50 years, when the previous generation dies off; not so useful for such an acute outbreak, but it could be used to sort out the chronic/endemic plague problem.

Sadly, sometimes ideas fail to change in a whole society until the holders of superstitious beliefs die and so allow the correct information to flourish in the children, or even grandchildren.  Sad but true, we are a pretty dumb species most of the time.