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Chances are, you’re aware of the vaccine debate. Who isn’t, these days? I know there are those of you who are completely against any vaccination, ever. There are those of you who are following the CDC schedule and wouldn’t have it any other way. There are those of you who are choosing a delayed and selective schedule. And there are those of you who haven’t really looked into the issue very much yet (maybe you don’t have kids yet). There’s every point of view represented out there.
The very unfortunate part about the debate is that it is so polarized and stressful. Both sides are constantly attacking the other side, pointing to “poor or no science” and using names like “woo, quackery, stupidity” and other negative terms.
This does nothing to alleviate parents’ concerns, nor to “win” anyone over to either side. It’s absolutely ridiculous that this attitude is acceptable, from either side!
Enough already. Let’s get serious and bring a little maturity and honest information to the debate.
No Junk Allowed
I‘m starting a series that will take a closer look at many areas of the vaccine debate. I’ll be looking at herd immunity, how scientific studies are conducted, faulty lines of reasoning, and most importantly, risk-benefit analyses for each vaccine. I’ll be drawing on well-designed scientific studies, the VAERS database, and other reputable sources for these posts.
At no point will I rely on, or allow scare tactics. Every single person can name someone who’s died from a vaccine, or from one of these diseases (or suffered permanent damage from either). Individual stories don’t tell us anything. Even if the chances of harm are one in a million, someone’s going to be that one. We won’t be parading these stories around in hopes of convincing parents either way through fear mongering. I truly believe this tactic is disgusting and wrong.
(By the way — and I’m sorry to even have to say this, as my followers are usually so awesome — I’m not going to allow any comments through, either, that rely on fear mongering. So if you want to call people names or tell me a story about “this one person who was permanently injured because of other parents making X decision” and try to tug on peoples’ heart strings, I’m not going to post it. That sort of thing just isn’t what this debate is about.)
Questions We’ll Be Answering
Are you curious what information I’m seeking to provide?
- What is herd immunity and what does it have to do with vaccines? What evidence is there for it?
- How are scientific studies on vaccines conducted? Length of time, placebos (yes/no/what), study size, is any data eliminated (and if so, what and why), conflicts of interest?
- What are the symptoms of each disease? What is the normal course? What are serious complications, and how often do they occur? What increases the likelihood of these complications?
- What are the ingredients of each vaccine? What is the efficacy? What are the possible side effects, and how often do they occur?
If there are any other questions that you would like answer, please feel free to ask below!
Are you ready to join me on a propaganda-free look into vaccines? It’s going to be long, thorough, and indepth, so that parents can make the decision with which they are most comfortable. I have no agenda here.