Written by By Camila A. Rossi, CNN
Marie Claire France is the only magazine in France to be accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the eReadiness Study, which monitors countries in relation to vaccination procedures and immunization schedules.
The inaugural issue, focusing on maternal health, was produced by Marie Claire France in collaboration with the International League of Maternal and Child Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Ford Foundation. On the issue’s cover is an elaborate and perfectly posed maternity study of an expectant mother alongside an instructional card.
The issue is about, and for, women’s health.
Unfortunately, the issue does not convey the the full extent of female health and maternal mortality, or its importance to the future of the world.
These facts, it seems, are almost ignored by Marie Claire France.
Please welcome to the world, Marie Claire France, in spite of the eReadiness study. Credit: Marie Claire France
“It’s a fact,” said Jeffrey Taubenberger, M.D., the head of the eReadiness study, which is affiliated with the WHO. “It’s not gender-based — men get it as well.”
According to Dr. Taubenberger, the study affirms what many of us already knew: that vaccinations are safe and effective for children.
This, according to Taubenberger, requires not only learning about the universal importance of vaccination, but also ensuring that women are aware of this and prepared to administer vaccinations, including during celebrations that could prove difficult for pregnant mothers — because of their elevated fevers and other health complications.
The eReadiness study is just one of a series of studies that illustrate the impact of vaccination on children’s health and, most importantly, the long-term effect of vaccinations on the global health of children.
According to Taubenberger, vaccination protects against tuberculosis, the most frequent cause of death among children under 5. At the same time, vaccinations are known to reduce the chances of certain cancers, including colorectal and cervical. “Eighty percent of American women vaccinated in infancy have had no evidence of cancer 10 years later,” said Taubenberger.
“Your church or synagogue may know about your vaccinations but when you go out with friends to a family gathering, it’s difficult to know what you should or shouldn’t do,” said Taubenberger.
Marie Claire France addressed this issue of over-vaccination and the need to consider the flexibility of small groups in this regard. In what is certainly the most important issue of the new issue, the magazine arranged the vaccine schedules of a group of fully vaccinated mothers — the women of not-so-famous families.
The editorial team worked closely with the immunization providers to create a sample dose. The practice is known as “pre-dose,” which one can accomplish by exchanging prescriptions for custom-tailored shots in the presence of the immunization provider, by mail or by appointment.
The article gives the reader an intimate view of mothers and their children, and gives time to observe with appreciation the serious procedure that prevents serious diseases by providing sterilization and vaccination. “We spent three months observing how vaccinations are organized, how the vaccines are carried out, how medicine is delivered and the quality of care,” said Robert Leissner, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire France.
It is a look at the benefits of vaccination, an issue that is not only instrumental in preventing disease, but also highly personal.
A poster of the Holistic Family is placed next to the magazine cover. Credit: Marie Claire France
“It is important that everyone feels comfortable in their choice,” said Leissner. “Precise medicine takes place under confidential conditions; it is not possible for the user to know what is going on behind closed doors.”
The interview with fully vaccinated mothers is followed by a discussion with the immunization providers.
Since the publication of the issue, the team at Marie Claire France has received many requests for information about vaccination, and to reproduce and reproduce this issue. The magazine’s attention to the adaptation of the immunization schedule is an answer to these requests.
And as Dr. Taubenberger told CNN: “Vaccination should be a source of joy not a source of discomfort for women and their families. Equally important, it’s our duty to protect the next generation from disease. And we do this by providing integrated care and information about vaccination.”