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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on February 2, 2009

Here is a long and well-reasoned article on the vaccination debate. It was written by a man whose first son may have been injured by vaccines… or may not have been. He’s chosen not to vaccinate his second son, and wonders if he’s done the right thing there. A very good read.

I will say one thing, though, about something he says in the article — he quotes the CDC’s “sound bite” that vaccines save 33,000 lives per year, which may be quite an overestimate (here is part 1 of a thorough look into the “statistics” behind the number).


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  1. Ahmnodt Heare said, on February 3, 2009 at 12:05 am

    While I think vaccines do more harm than good, I do not think it is a cause of Autism or Asperger’s. It is believed that Thomas Jefferson and Mozart has Asperger’s, and they were both around before vaccines.

    • Kathy said, on February 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

      That’s interesting — I hadn’t heard that before. Still, just because something can exist in the absence of vaccines, doesn’t mean that vaccines cannot be a contributing factor to an increase in that something. In a similar way, genetic abnormalities can exist in the absence of nuclear fallout or radiation, yet it is everywhere agreed that the presence of such radiation causes an increase in genetic abnormalities. Quite certainly, the jury is still out on this topic.

  2. TheZach said, on February 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Well, just last year we had a measles
    outbreak that was linked to parents who neglected to have there children vaccinated.


    • Kathy said, on February 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm

      Yes. And…?

      I understand that if children are not vaccinated against some diseases, those diseases may happen more often. But whether these diseases are worse than the cure is the problem under consideration. Let’s say that the measles vaccine eliminates 99% of all cases of measles (which I don’t think anyone claims vaccinations have that high an immunization rate, but I’ll just use that high number hypothetically), but increases the likelihood of the vaccinated children becoming diabetic or autistic or have other health problems. Is measles prevention (which is usually a mild and self-limiting disease like chicken pox — annoying, but not deadly except in the rarest of circumstances) worth doubling or tripling (again, hypothetical) the likelihood or the rate of diabetes, asthma, or autism? Take food allergies — one of my nieces (who was fully vaccinated) has a life-threatening peanut allergy. One time, her throat and eyes began to swell shut when she was in a restaurant that had their “trademark” of having peanuts on every table, and people would shell them and throw the shells on the floor — that was their “thing”. She could die from this allergy. If some life-threatening food allergies were linked to vaccinations, is the much greater chance of my niece accidentally coming in contact with peanuts which are deadly to her worth being vaccinated against a mild disease like measles?

      If vaccines had no downsides, I’d have no problems with using vaccines to eliminate every disease known to man. But the problem is, we just don’t know what a lot of the side effects are — especially long-term side effects of vaccines. However, we do know that many vaccinations wane, leaving us more vulnerable to these diseases as adults, when the diseases will be dangerous to us. Measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox are all mild childhood diseases but can cause serious harm or even death in adults. What if we are vaccinating children against diseases which would be mild if they get them before adolescence, only to leave them vulnerable as adults? What if we are setting up a dangerous situation that will result in the deaths of millions of adults from “vaccine preventable” diseases, because they were vaccinated as children but acquire the diseases as adults?

  3. MinorityView said, on February 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing the link on our scary statistics series!

    None of the pro-vaxers have even tried to show where we are going wrong on this…

  4. Ross Coe said, on October 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    The rubella virus is a known cause of autism. If Thomas Jefferson and Mozart had Asperger’s there a chance thats why. The MMR has live rubella and measle virus…does that sound wise, to inject a baby with an undeveloped immune system with live virus, one of which is known to cause autism?

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