Doubting the Safety of Vaccinations: How safe are they?

vacc4 We support the necessity and mandatory laws of children getting their vaccinations, but there are many arguments out there that argue against the necessity of children’s vaccinations. One of the main arguments is that parents doubt how safe these vaccinations are.

A study done by Richard K. Zimmerman who did research on the different kinds of anti-vaccination websites, found that there were some published studies that came out that linked the MMR vaccination to autism and other diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, etc. and that most of this information was found on all of these anti-vaccination websites. Due to this, a lot of parents started to become very suspicious and reluctant to trust not only the MMR vaccine, but other vaccinations as well. According to a blog post by actor Jim Carrey, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html) he stated:

In all likelihood the truth about vaccines is that they are both good and bad. While ingredients like aluminum, mercury, ether, formaldehyde and anti-freeze may help preserve and enhance vaccines, they can be toxic as well.”

This was the main information about vaccinations going around, that the mercury and formaldehyde was what was causing these diseases because they are toxic to people. Jim Carrey is correct in saying that these ingredients are toxic to people, and that the vaccinations are both good and bad. To refute his argument though, and the argument that these ingredients caused certain diseases, there have been studies that tested the causal relation between the MMR vaccine and autism. They concluded that there is no causal relationship, and proved that the MMR vaccine did not cause these children to get autism. (http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/ff_waronscience/3/)  This article written by Amy Wallace on wired.com, included information saying that due to a lot of parents reading this misinterpreted information on the web, they didn’t get their children vaccinated, and there began to be an increase in cases of whopping cough, which vaccinations are supposed to defend against. “In the June issue of the journal Pediatrics, Jason Glanz, an epidemiologist at Kaiser’s Institute for Health Research, revealed that the number of reported pertussis cases jumped from 1,000 in 1976 to 26,000 in 2004. A disease that vaccines made rare, in other words, is making a comeback. “This study helps dispel one of the commonly held beliefs among vaccine-refusing parents: that their children are not at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases,” Glanz says.” (http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/ff_waronscience/3/)

To conclude this post, a lot of anti-vaccination websites unfortunately have proven to fabricate and misinterpret information on vaccines. (“Vaccine Criticism on the World Wide Web”) Due to this, a lot of parents are hesitant to get their children vaccinated, which is a serious issue, if it is going to cause outbreaks in these diseases like whopping cough (pertussis) that have basically been gone until recently.

 

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