The anti-vaccination myth is that there are no safe vaccines. Hard to believe, since vaccines have been in regular use since 1798 (224 years) and nearly eradicated fatal and, perhaps, worse yet, crippling diseases like polio, people still choose to ignore the facts. fIn fact, there have been countless studies done that actually prove this. Additionally, these studies have proven that the vast majority of children who receive the shots are getting the appropriate amount of vaccines to protect them from any danger they may face from diseases and ailments.
First and foremost, vaccines work by stimulating the body’s own immune system to produce antibodies against a virus or bacteria. These antibodies serve as the defense of the body against foreign organisms. When a child or adult has a disease, such as chickenpox, or measles, their immune system will attack the pathogens instead of protecting them. This is why so many children can fall ill with such diseases as encephalitis and mumps. Their immune systems are not protecting them properly, and they are in danger of developing serious health problems. By stimulating their immune systems with the appropriate vaccines, they can protect themselves from these diseases.
However, the anti-vaxxers do not like the fact that the vaccines do not cause any ill effects. The fact that they cannot profit from selling those items also makes it difficult for them to give up the misinformation they have been teaching their children. As a result, the anti-vaxxers continue to spread misinformation about the dangers of vaccines. Many parents have been confused because of this and have actually stopped their children from receiving the shots.
The first myth concerned the number of measles cases that have increased since the year 1996. It was claimed that the anti-vaxxers had caused an increase in the number of measles when in reality, no increase in the cases had occurred. This was further fueled by the anti-vaxxers released records of families wherein the mothers had contracted measles. In one of these cases, the anti-vaxxer was quoted as saying, “The mother just kept on coughing and wheezing, and I thought she might have already caught the measles.” Fortunately, this particular family did not suffer any ill consequences from contracting measles.
Another point of contention in the anti-vaxxers’ campaign against vaccines was a supposedly performed study by an anti-vaxxer named Dr. William Sears. He stated that there was a relationship between the anti-vaxxers and autism. This study was later discredited by various medical institutions. It was noted that the paper had not undergone peer-review by a credible body. The false claims concerning autism and anti-vaxxers were later listed as “retracted research.” This is important because retracting false information can cause serious legal problems for those who disseminate that false information.
There has been another example of the anti-vaccination myth surrounding vaccines and the anti-vaxxers. A couple in California received letters from the FDA regarding their child being placed at risk for vaccines. The parents claimed that the anti-vaxxers were trying to force them to vaccinate their children. The courts sided with the parents and declared that the child would not be harmed by the vaccine. However, the anti-vaccination movement was incensed at this ruling and called for more lawsuits regarding shots. As you can see, there are many variations of the anti-vaccination myth.
One interesting thing to note about the health secretary’s remarks regarding mandatory vaccination is that he released charts showing the percentage of children under six who have received one or more of the five vaccinations recommended by the health secretary. It is interesting to note that the percentage of unvaccinated children is higher than the percentage of fully vaccinated children. No other details were given regarding the data. This is an interesting piece of information, which helps us understand the difference between health officials releasing charts showing the percentage of vaccinated children versus the percentage of vaccinated children.
If you look at the health secretary’s reasoning, he seems to be blaming the anti-vaxxers for forcing the health secretary to introduce mandatory vaccinations. It doesn’t seem to make sense for a person to blame the doctors and the health administration when their job is to keep children healthy. In the long run, we might find ourselves in a situation where mandatory vaccinations are made compulsory, but it’s not due to some evil plot by the anti-vaxxers. Perhaps a study should be conducted to figure out what is causing the increasing falling vaccination rates. Please consider all this.