My son is now just a few months shy of turning three years old and he's a happy, boisterously healthy, young chap. When it came to his vaccinations I didn't hesitate for a moment, I'd done my research based on wanting to know more about the rampant fear mongering among the alternative media crowd and soon realised it's all just the usual white noise.

Whenever I've approached this topic I'm always presented with very similar 'evidence' that vaccinations are essentially the devil's tool.

1) Drug companies are evil ergo vaccinations are poison.

Well, I do agree to a certain degree when  it comes to drug companies. They do indeed vastly overcharge for certain drugs, they do have less than ideal business practices (understatement alert!), and I can't ever shake off the idea they'd rather have a treatment over a cure any day of the week but that doesn't mean what they sell is automatically evil. How many people's lives are vastly improved because of medicines? Think about it.

2) Child A died / developed autism after inoculation.

There is absolutely no credible proof that vaccinations are linked to autism, none whatsoever. At best there is anecdotal evidence from understandably distraught parents but nothing substantial. Think about the numbers involved here. If two children die following complications related to a reaction to the contents of a vaccine but millions don't the numbers might logically suggest it's not a direct cause we should all be alarmed by.

3) Being ill builds up a child's immune system. It's against nature to vaccinate.

I've often said a child comes out of Polio vastly improved, wouldn't you agree? It's also 'against nature' to live the life you do but that doesn't stop you. Get off your computer and get out there hunting down a mammoth with your spear in order to support your family, it's the natural way. Of course, polio might make it tricky but you're okay with that I imagine.

One recent article was linked to a Dr Sherri Tenpenny who is experiencing some difficulty in being allowed to lecture on the harm vaccines do down in Australia. My initial response is that it seems odd a doctor would be barred from talking about such things. Naturally it turns out this 'Doctor' is actually an osteopath, in other words a quack. Now, I'm sure an osteopath can make for a good placebo if you've got a sore neck but do you really want them giving advice on protecting your children from disease? If you answered 'yes' you probably shouldn't breed. Of course I don't actually think they should block her from speaking, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it should be framed as the opinion of someone who is not - IN ANY WAY - a qualified physician with medical experience of vaccines or their contents.

I'm not saying vaccines are 100% safe because very few things are (I was going to suggest knitting but I'm sure a Google search would provide some bizarre knitting related death for me to read about). There are margins for safety and a one in several million chance of an adverse reaction far outweighs the possibility of a child catching TB or the like. Refusing to vaccinate your children is your right I suppose but it's generally bloody ignorant.

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5 thoughts on “Vaccination. What’s the big deal?

  1. Regardless of what you have read this is never enough…For reading is programming, but is it correct programming. We have to judge with direct and as wide an experience of a subject as possibly to truly be as informed as we possibly can.

    I have personal experience of vaccine damaging my child and my research; I find your above comments on this subject to be naive, ignorant and downright simple H…You are an intelligent man I have observed you for a while, but what I find troubling with most people they are very quick to judge with little or no experience of subjects or taken the time to speak to those who have experienced such issues.

    Billions has been paid out on vaccine damaged in the US alone. To consider people ignorant for refusing injections is only a reflection of your post on this subject.

    Now my mother had polio to date she suffers real bad for arthritis because of it. So I am not against vaccines per sae the science of. What I am against is the ingredients most of which are unnecessary and dangerous to the system

    One last point, you say autism is not related to injections I disagree, global independent research some from Harvard, german and other reputable institutes, as they see themselves, made me question to begin with but then families, direct stories, videos before and after from around the globe.

    If I am to ask to trust on blind faith ie: multiple families who are in pain and have lost to a global industry who is focused on profit alone. I know who I would trust first.

    Ps this box is shite to write in I can hardly see the text.

    • Just to clarify, I’m naive and not well read on the topic of vaccinations or their contents because I didn’t reach the same conclusion as you? I’m genuinely sorry for any heartache you’ve gone through and nowhere do I claim vaccines are 100% safe. However, the diseases they protect us from are far more likely, far more, to cause damage and death. No matter what some people simply dismiss evidence which doesn’t suit. Any scientist who doesn’t go along with you is a shill but those who do are good.

      When it comes to matters of such importance I can’t automatically take anyone’s word.

  2. Autism hasn’t ‘risen exponentially’, it’s being found more often. It’s always been there, but back then it was just played off as ‘naughty’ children, just one example. With better understanding of medicine and science in general it is being brought to light. Correlation doesn’t always mean causation.

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