“Now that’s the hot button problem and arguably the biggest problem the world is facing right now,” he said. First edition guest host Michelle Eliot. His book, Immunity lost, comes out on Tuesday, shortly after the first anniversary of the declaration of a global pandemic and as people around the world are vaccinated against the virus.
The book focuses on a dangerous bacteria causing deadly epidemics around the world and a local public health official asking a pharmaceutical company working on a vaccine to release it early.
Vancouver emergency physician and bestselling author Kalla said it carried an important message to him.
“I knew vaccine and vaccine reluctance would be a big deal before COVID,” he said.
“It’s a very pro-vaccine book and an uplifting tale of vaccine reluctance, but I’m not trying to vilify vaccine reluctance. “
He said people who are hesitant about vaccines range from those who are unsure of certain vaccines to those who are “zealous” about the anti-vaccine movement.
One of the main characters in his story is a naturopath whose son is autistic, for whom he blames the measles vaccine.
“It allows me to get into the history of the anti-vax movement and what drives it,” Kalla said.
“For some of them, it has become a religion. It really is not based on science. And unfortunately, this represents a risk for them and for all of us. It’s not just like smoking or other habits that can affect people personally. You know, anti-vax can unfortunately have repercussions on the whole of society. ”
He admits that his message won’t reach everyone, but understands why some people are reluctant to get a new drug injection.
However, he stresses how important it is that everyone who can get vaccinated is vaccinated.
“MRNA vaccines like Pfizer have been given to hundreds of millions of people with virtually no side effects. It is one of the safest drugs we know of and it is incredibly effective, ”Kalla said.
“It is our societal obligation to be vaccinated. “
Thriller genre “perfect vehicle” to share a scientific message
Kalla’s work specializes in topical, often controversial medical issues, including The last summit, published last year, which looks at the opioid crisis.
As a child, Kalla read books by James Michener and Michael Crichton to give her science and history context. Using the thriller genre as a way to share scientific facts came naturally to him.
“It seems like the perfect way to get a message across without being preachy and too dry,” he said.
When he met his editors two years ago, he felt that vaccination was the perfect fit for a thriller.
“I realize that this problem will never go away,” he said.
“Vaccination is one of the greatest medical miracles of modern times. Yet, there is no other medical breakthrough that has spawned so many myths, hysteria and passion. “
Listen to Daniel Kalla’s interview on The Early Edition here: