Emergency doctor says timing for new novel about dangers of vaccine hesitancy was ‘lucky’

VANCOUVER – An emergency physician and best-selling author says his new book on vaccine reluctance is a cautionary tale about the COVID-19 pandemic.

New fictional thriller “Lost Immunity” is set in Seattle in the midst of an outbreak of a “dreaded strain” of meningitis, and focuses on the challenges of a public health worker, who tries to convince people to get vaccinated, but whose own family is against vaccines.

In the story, the disease targets older children, killing some within hours. But, a new and unproven vaccine could be the city’s only hope.

“When a few people die after receiving this experimental vaccine, Lisa (the public health worker) suspects that sabotage, not science, is to blame, but will she discover a Trojan horse before it does? or too late, ”says the author and the department at St. Paul’s Hospital. at the head of Daniel Kalla.

Kalla says he originally finished writing the book on the same day in 2019 that he heard the first whispers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I didn’t know how relevant it would become in 2021. I finished it the same day I heard about this new virus emerging from Wuhan in China, which would turn out to be COVID,” he said. declared.

The pandemic ended up being the cause of some rewrites, he said.

“I was able to include the lessons learned from the COVID experience and place it in a post-COVID world,” he said.

The book explores the views of those for and against vaccines, he said.

“I wanted to describe both sides of the coin, I wanted the pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine to be fairly represented, but I think there is only one side scientifically that is questionable: vaccines are the answer, ”he said.

“And that has never been more important than during COVID when we are trying to get herd immunity and protect the people,” he said.

The fact that the book, which debunks and debunks myths around vaccines, is being released as people are starting to get vaccinated against COVID-19, is pure luck, he says.

“I always try to be on the cutting edge of medical issues when I write, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so timely,” he said.

“I also don’t think I’ve ever had a more important message to convey. Truly, this story highlights the dangers of what can happen when hysteria and misinformation kicks in and vaccine reluctance sets in.

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