I have never actually met someone who was against vaccination unless it was for a genuine medical reason, ie. immunosuppressed children can’t have live vaccines because that would actually make them sick rather than helping because they’re IMMUNOSUPPRESSED.
How people could be against something that has done so much good is beyond me. It would be more sensible to be against chocolate because you heard it might make your acne worse. While it might if you rubbed it on your skin, it doesn’t if all you’re doing is eating it. Like, injecting mercury into your veins would be really really bad but the tiny microscopic amount in some vaccines is less than you’d find in a can of tuna.
So what are some people so worried about? What worries could they have that make herd immunity LESS important? What could be so scary?
Autism. The big A word. I know quite a few autistic people. I know the parents of autistic children. And I have actually, out of general interest, asked them;
“If vaccines cause, autism, and you knew that, would you have avoided immunising your child?”
Most of them got rather offended at this point, thought they all answered no. The most memorable response I got was;
“I’d rather my daughter was autistic than had polio.”
And that father had a point. Polio, measles, tetanus, whooping cough… none of those things are nice. In fact, pretty much all of them could kill a small child. Even the flu can and has killed thousands of children and adults. So why is this still a thing? How can it still be a thing?
I don’t even know the answer. Normally, I wouldn’t pose a question without knowing the answer, because the point of something like this is to present both the question and the answer as succinctly as possible. This is issue is a bit like creationism; I academically sort of maybe understand the mechanisms behind the myth, but I can really conceptualise them far enough to actually put it into words.
Even if autism was the only thing being touted as being a side effect of immunisations, have the people who believe this seen the other chemicals they may put into their bodies on a daily basis? If they smoke, the list of truly nauseating chemicals is so long I don’t want to type it out. And know I’m not afraid of typing things out.
Do they eat apples? If they do, do they eat the seeds? Because the seeds contain cyanide. That’s a compound that was used by the KGB to kill people.
How about chemotherapy? I know a lot of people think it’s a horrible poison (and it is) but it saves lives. Before it was a medication it was mustard gas. You should google mustard gas. Look at some photos of people who have been effected.
Now let’s tackle alcohol. That’s a poison. Acute AND chronic toxicity can kill you.
What about paracetamol? Well, it’s a great all purpose painkiller but it’s half life is longer than the normal allotted time between doses, and when used long term it can damage your liver as badly as alcohol.
Ibuprofen. However you want to pronounce it, its a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that is processed by your kidneys. Take this one if you have a hangover, because it won’t add more toxins toy our liver. HOWEVER, if you have a kidney infection and you need pain relief something like ibuprofen is all you can take. And it will work, as long as you don’t take too much, because your kidneys are stressed and you could cause kidney failure.
Aspirin. Invented by the same german company that brought us heroin, is great if you think you’re having a stroke, or are prone to them. It makes your blood thin. Which means that, if you’re having a hemorrhagic stroke, it could actually kill you faster.
Heroin. Approved as a SAFER MEDICATION THAN ASPIRIN, it was a very popular cough syrup. Derivatives are used as painkillers all over the world (that one really only has two nasty effects – addiction and respiratory depression, and we all knew about those, I just think it’s a fun fact).
And then, if you want to get REALLY scary, let’s talk Dihydrogen Monoxide. Seriously scary stuff. It’s not flammable, but if you breathe it in you can die. You consume it every single day. We are composed of a very large amount of it but even a small amount ends up where it shouldn’t be then you can die pretty quickly. Also, without it, you die.
That last one, if you DON’T know what it is, google it. Because seriously, just because people say scary things about something or give it a scary name doesn’t actually make it dangerous. Lots of things have side effects. Vaccinations have the shocking side effect of increasing your immunity to things without making you deathly ill in the process. They can lessen the effects of colds and flus, they make a lot of conditions either impossible to get or if you do get it you might get a mild form. AND, if you’re allergic to any of the preservatives, there are options of the same vaccine with different additives so you can still have them.