When I was a teenager, my pediatrician, Dr. James P. Zuckerman, diagnosed me with microcephaly.
It was a rare condition in which the head of a baby’s head turns abnormally small, and it affects about 1 percent of newborns.
He said it was due to the Zika vaccine being too effective.
I was 16.
At 18, I became pregnant and, like millions of others, my body rejected the vaccine.
I had to have the vaccine again, and I was devastated.
I felt as though I had lost my body.
I became the target of ridicule from friends and family, and in my case, I was even labeled a fraud.
“There’s no question that I’ve been stigmatized,” Zuckman told me.
“I’ve been put in the role of a scapegoat.”
That’s not fair, I said, because I am not a fraud, and there’s no reason why I should be.
I knew that I was pregnant, so why should I be a victim?
I thought about my own pregnancy, about my family’s health.
And it was so painful.
I also wondered how my friends would react if I had a child with Zika.
What if my friend was diagnosed with Zika and the child was born with a genetic defect that would require me to take another shot?
It was heartbreaking, I thought.
It made me angry, too.
The idea of parents blaming their children for an illness they did not create is an outdated, dangerous idea.
It’s a dangerous idea because it makes it easier for parents to blame their children when they have no idea whether they’re contracting Zika.
Zunzer and other doctors and researchers have been studying the virus’ impact on the developing brain.
Their research shows that the virus triggers a cascade of biological changes that alter the brain’s structure and function, leading to autism.
I have a hard time understanding why doctors would want to use this virus to target their own patients, they said.
There are so many people out there who have been born with the Zika Virus, but they haven’t been tested, and their brain structure hasn’t been studied.
So now they have a vaccine, and they’re using it to try to control people.
“When I started doing this, I didn’t want to do it, because it’s not a good idea,” Zunze said.
“If you’re going to target a specific patient, you need to know how they’re going.
If you can’t figure out what’s going on, you shouldn’t be doing this.”
Zunz, along with other researchers, is working to develop a vaccine.
He wants to test the vaccine on newborns before they become adults, so that they have more information about how it affects them and how it might affect their health.
We know the vaccine will be effective against the Zika viruses’ main biological threat, the virus that causes microcebus, he said.
And there are already indications that the vaccine might work on other viruses, including coronavirus, which is the virus responsible for pandemic flu.
In this case, the vaccine would target a virus that had spread throughout the world, but it would also target the virus causing microcebras.
I’m worried about people with a virus like this not getting tested for other viruses and, instead, not being protected against it, he added.
Zumwalt and other researchers are hoping to see a vaccine in the United States in about a year, and that could happen in just five to 10 years.
If the vaccine proves effective, doctors may have the tools they need to protect themselves.
If not, the risk of spreading the virus to new patients will increase, Zunzl said.
The vaccine would probably be given to women who have sex with men, or women who are at high risk of getting Zika infections.
They might be more likely to have complications from the virus.
“A lot of the research is going to be about how people respond to the vaccine, what their response is,” Zulow said.
As a general rule, women will get vaccinated if they are not pregnant.
But if they have Zika, the study team has a few other precautions that might prevent the virus from spreading.
They have been running the vaccine in couples who have unprotected sex, but Zunzi said they haven: • Don’t share condoms between partners.
• If a partner’s immune system has not yet developed, they should use a condom at least once a month, even if they’re having sex.
• Don’s partner’s body temperature will be measured when they’re being tested.
• Do their partners’ vaccinations, which are given every six months, and if they get them, are the same as the shots given to everyone else.
They also are testing all couples, including couples who haven’t received