Vaccines: Do We Really Need to Get This?

Vaccines, do we really need this? Well, not really, but if you’ll read an article by a journalist for the Herald Sun in Australia, you may think so.  The author wrote this poorly researched piece read here. Not only was this piece a great example of poor journalism, it seems more to be geared towards being  a scare tactic.  She has a quote by Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for Public Health Wales, who told the BBC: “Those not taken any vaccines are highly likely to catch measles, which is highly contagious.
“It is just a matter of time before a child is left with serious and permanent complications such as eye disorders, deafness or brain damage, or dies.” I find this to be almost funny if it were not a dangerous obvious scare tactic to guilt parents into not questioning big pharma and just accept what THEY SAY is safe.

The problem is, there is enough research to suggest there needs to be more research.  If you read the provaccine stance, they are almost militant in their stance.  I would love to know what research, beyond “my doctor says so”, they have done.  Anti-vaxxers tend to do more research.

Are you at risk if you have no vaccines?

The decision to take vaccines or not, should be one that is reserved for the parents. It is the parents that have to deal with the consequences of either the vaccine or the illness.  The pro-vaccine people that say “I have had my vaccines and  I’m healthy” is just a poor stance and a weak argument.  There are plenty of risks to getting vaccines.  It should be up to the parents to weigh the risks vs reward and make the decision.  An example of that would be the flu vaccines.  I really don’t understand why anybody that really understands the process, would get it.  However, if you choose not to get it, and you get the flu, you deal with it.  If you get the flu shot and you get the flu, or get paralysis, you understood the risks and accepted them.

If the government or the pro vaccine people that are now beating their drums and claiming anti vaxxers should be forced to vaccinate, who deals with the side effects?  Will the government or doctors accept financial and personal responsibility for any side effects?  Will the journalists that claim to understand vaccines and are so militant about forcing others to either agree with them or be forced to do so?

check out this infographic by Megan at Living Whole..

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There is a witch hunt currently.  Blaming the anti-vaxxers for the spread or mutation of viruses.  However, I have not seen a very well supported argument for that.  If the vaccinated are safe, they should be safe, and the anti vaxxers should be in danger.  That doesn’t seem to be the case.  How can a non-vaccinated person carry, but not get, a virus and endanger a vaccinated person?

The next thing you hear is that the virus has changed because of the anti -vaxxers.  I do agree that the virus has or should change.  This is the nature of a virus.  However, this is not due to anti-vaxxers, this is due to the nature of the virus and it changes because of the vaccine, not the unvaccinated.  The same way that we now have “super bugs” due to the over use of antibiotics.

If you think you can explain how an unvaccinated person can infect a vaccinated person, please feel free to post below.

I am sure many people will claim that anti-vaxxers are anti-science, or using pseudoscience.  Its funny that any time some one uses science to discredit other studies done, the “other side” calls it pseudoscience.  Keep in mind that “what is safe” changes all the time.  What is “safe” today, may not be in 10 yrs.  What was “safe” 10 yrs ago, may be unthinkable today.  We always think we know it all “now” but that is just not the case.  Just as in the early 1900’s when Charles H. Duell was the Commissioner of US patent office famously declared, “everything that can be invented has been invented.”

 

Does this mean you should not get vaccination?  No!  That choice is yours.  I can’t make that decision for you, there’s a lot more that needs to be discussed.  How do you eat? Are you proactive in your health?  What is your own healthcare philosophy?  For me and my family, we will continue to weigh the risk vs reward.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Shannon

    Excellent article on such a controversial and poorly understood subject. I’d like to see it published broadly, so many great points. Thank you!

    1. Rick Jahn M.S., D.O.M.

      thanks for the feedback. It would great if it were more common knowledge… if nothing else, just so patients could talk to their primary physicians and make a more informed decision

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