Five Reasons NOT to Vaccinate Your Child
There are plenty of arguments for having your child immunised against disease. Like you, my doctor has suggested vaccinating my child to prevent them from getting ill, but those doctors have failed to tell me about the claims that vaccinations are linked to other conditions, such as autism. Instead of taking advice from doctors, here are five reasons not to have your child vaccinated.
Reason #1 – You Hate the Human Race
Have you ever had smallpox? No? Smallpox used to be a serious threat to peoples health and lives. Two million people a year were losing their lives to smallpox every year until 1975. It isn’t a problem any more because everyone got on board the vaccination train. By surrounding affected areas with vaccinated individuals, leading to the total eradication of the disease. If people started banging on about links to autism during this time, we’d still have smallpox. By refusing vaccinations, you’re weakening the herd. Stop it.
Reason #2 – You Think It Causes Autism
In 1998 Andrew Wakefield (at the time Dr. Andrew Wakefield) claimed during a press conference that there are links between autism and vaccines, claiming that he had twelve autistic children in his study that only showed signs of the condition after receiving a vaccine. This kick-started a huge, very vocal movement trying to convince people that they can’t have their child vaccinated otherwise they’ll get autism. Quite annoyingly, this group seem happy to ignore the fact that it was revealed by a journalist that the entire ‘research’ was a sham, the results faked and Wakefield was stripped of his qualifications. No other evidence supports is fake claims.
Reason #3 Your Agenda is More Important Than Your Family’s Health
If you’ve been pushing a belief for a long time, it’s hard to turn your back on it even in the face of glaring evidence. Even with Wakefield’s public shaming, people are still pushing the autism angle. It must be a bit embarrassing for those who’ve been making the claim for almost fifteen years based on his research, but let’s get serious here – your priorities are in the wrong place. Accept that you were in the wrong, and look after your children…stop spouting nonsense like “it hasn’t been proven that it DOESN’T cause autism!”
Reason #4 – You’re Mentally Deficient
Are you having trouble doing up your shoelaces? Is it difficult for you to tell the time on an analogue clock? Perhaps even a digital clock? Then you might have considered not vaccinating your child. This is a process that helps protect your child from serious illness, which is more than a necklace of amber is going to achieve.
Reason #5 All of the Above
In that case you’re Jenny McCarthy.
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Hey folks, thanks for you support for the article and the site. I’m glad that I received such positive feedback for my writing.
Before writing to me or commenting in this thread because you disagree with it, please note the following points;
#1 Andrew Wakefield is not and doctor and he has NOT had his license reinstated in the past few months in the UK or the US. This is a matter of public record, don’t try and tell me differently.
#2 I am aware that Mr. Wakefield claims that the findings of Brian Deer are, in his words, a ‘conspiracy’ against him. Brian Deer has invited Wakefield to sue him, the Sunday Times of London, any Medical Journal who have published the results of his investigation and the British General Medical Council for libel if Wakefield feels that his ‘research’ will hold up under scrutiny.
Wakefield has not taken him up on this offer. It is also worth noting that Wakefield has attempted to sue Deer for libel in the past, and lost the case.
#3 There are, on occasion, instances when a child has been given a vaccine and has taken a negative reaction to it or cannot be administered a vaccine due to existing medical conditions. These are unfortunate cases, but they are in a vast minority. Attacking the entire concept of vaccination because you’ve been involved in an isolated case with a negative outcome has the same logic as claiming that the health benefits of eggs are fraudulent because you suffer from an egg allergy.
As a personal response to the people who have written to me citing specific cases of children unable to receive vaccinations – wouldn’t it make more sense to promote vaccinations in order to reduce the chance of your unvaccinated children being exposed to a harmful illness?
If you want to make a claim concerning any of the above points, you already have my response so hopefully I’ve saved you the time of writing out your complaint. Remember: if you don’t like my article feel free to write your own. I promise not to flood your comment section with insults and false claims. In fact I’ll go one better – I won’t even read it.
Here’s wishing everyone a very happy, very geeky Christmas!
23rd October, 2013 – Hello everyone – this week has seen an unusual increase in traffic and responses to this feature, including more fraudulent claims that we have presented false information. Please note that as this feature is two years old neither the author or editors will be responding to individuals, especially those sending unpleasant comments.
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