Thanks to social network I have been suffering through many, many, far too many discussions about whether to vaccinate children or not.
It feels like there is a huge group of self-appointed "vaccination rebels" who spend their days patting each-other on the shoulder for being "so strong despite what all these mean scientists and naive mothers have to say".
I know, I know, I will be under verbal attack as soon as this goes online. Well, go ahead, I am prepared. But are you? Did you already put on your tinfoil hat? Alright, then let's do this!
let me go through some of your biggest arguments:
Let me ask you something? Where Did you get this "info" from? Doctor Google? Someone told you?
In 1998, the English medical journal "The Lancet" published a paper claiming that there is a link between the MMR vaccine and Autism. BUT: investigations discovered that the author, Andrew Wakefield (yes, THIS is a good moment for using google), had fudged the data. Here is the orginal Lancet study that had been retracted! http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2897%2911096-0/abstract
If you want to read the truth, then check out the second Lancet study that says that there is no evidence for any links between vaccines and Autism: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2899%2901239-8/abstract
2. The ingredients are poisonous.
Everybody cries: there is MERCURY in it! Yes, that is right. BUT there are two different kind of mercury: one (ethyl mercury) that gets flushed out of the body and one that is bad for you (methyl mercury). The "good" kind is the one that you can find in vaccines (in a minimal dose). Oh, and if you are scared by the other one, stop eating tuna.
3. It is MY business whether I have my kid vaccinated ot not.
I could go on about this topic for a long time, but let me share the following comic with you instead (made by Science cartoonist and blogger Maki Naro), since it is extremely entertaining and sums up all the facts really nicely:
It is already late and since my 4 kids are early birds, I won't add more to this post now.
But if you are still unconvinced, please share your reasons of non-vaccinating with me. I will gladly disprove them tomorrow ;)