No one can dispute vaccinations are a life saver. But many still believe there are side effects and no one should be forced to vaccinate their child.
Before the middle of the last century, diseases like whooping cough, polio, measles, and rubella struck hundreds of thousands of infants, children and adults in the U.S. Thousands died every year from them. As vaccines were developed and became widely used, rates of these diseases declined until
today most of them are nearly gone from our country.
Nearly everyone in the U.S. got measles before there was a vaccine, and hundreds died from it each year. Today, most doctors have never seen a case of measles.
More than 15,000 Americans died from diphtheria in 1921, before there was a vaccine. Only two cases of diphtheria have been reported to the CDC between 2004 and 2014.
An epidemic of rubella (German measles) in 1964-65 infected 12 1/2 million Americans, killed 2,000 babies, and caused 11,000 miscarriages. Since 2012, 15 cases of rubella were reported to the CDC.
Given successes like these, it might seem reasonable to ask, “Why should we keep vaccinating against
diseases that we will probably never see?” Here is why:
Vaccines don’t just protect yourself.
Most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person. If one person in a community gets an infectious disease, he can spread it to others who are not immune. But a person who is immune to a
disease because she has been vaccinated can’t get that disease and can’t spread it to others.
Diseases haven’t disappeared.
The United States has very low rates of vaccine-preventable diseases, but this isn’t true everywhere in the world. Only one disease — smallpox — has been totally erased from the planet. Polio is close to being eliminated, but still exists in several countries. More than 350,000 cases of measles were reported from around the world in 2011, with outbreaks in the Pacific, Asia, Africa, and Europe. In that same year, 90% of measles cases in the U.S. were associated with cases imported from another country. Only the fact that most Americans are vaccinated against measles prevented these clusters of cases from becoming epidemics.
A final example: what could happen.
We know that a disease which is apparently under control can suddenly return, because we have seen it happen in countries like Japan, Australia, and Sweden. Here is an example from Japan. In 1974, about 80% of Japanese children were getting pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. That year, there were only 393 cases of whooping cough in the entire country, and not a single pertussis-related death. Then immunization rates began to drop, until only about 10% of children were being vaccinated. In 1979, more than 13,000 people got whooping cough and 41 died. When routine vaccination was resumed, the disease numbers dropped again.
The chances of your child getting a case of measles, chickenpox or whooping cough might be quite low today. But vaccinations are not just for protecting ourselves, and are not just for today. They also protect the people around us (some of whom may be unable to get certain vaccines, or might have failed to respond to a vaccine, or might be susceptible for other reasons). And they also protect our children’s children and their children by keeping diseases that we have almost defeated from making a comeback. What would happen if we stopped vaccinations? We could soon find ourselves battling epidemics of diseases we thought we had conquered decades ago.
But not everyone agrees.
Erin Crawford, pictured, believes the choice of whether to vaccinate or not should be left with parents.
When choosing not to vaccinate, there can be much more reasoning than meets the eye. Those who choose this path are often accused of celebrity worship and are treated like social lepers. This volatile energy around this topic has led to a great misunderstanding of why some make this decision. No matter what side of this topic one falls on, they have the same goal: a healthy life, free of disease.
Some little-known reasons for choosing not to vaccinate include lack of true double-blind, placebo-controlled safety and efficacy studies, ingredients, industry whistleblowers and lack of liability. None of these have anything to do with current trends or being uninformed.
It shocks many to realize that vaccines do not go through the vigorous testing used in most of the scientific field, and are never subjected to double-blind, saline placebos. Vaccine testing consists of studying one group using one vaccine compared to another group using a different vaccine. When similar results are seen in both groups, this is called “safe.” Sometimes these “safe” results include autoimmunity,
neurological decline, multi-system dysfunction or even death.
Ingredients in vaccines include thimerosal, aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, pesticides, antibiotics, allergens, and the DNA of cows, dogs, pigs, monkeys, eggs, insects and aborted human fetuses. These ingredients oppose most religious tenets and are labeled as biohazardous when used in most individual applications.
Due to the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, it is illegal to sue the manufacturer of a vaccine for any reason, despite the fact that SCOTUS refers to vaccines as “Unavoidably unsafe.” Instead, a special court for vaccine injuries was established and each vaccine has a tax on it that funds the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This court and fund have since paid $4 Billion for vaccine injuries and deaths, and continues to increase with each passing year. Americans are given “unavoidably unsafe” pharmaceuticals, cannot sue the manufacturer and if an injury or death occurs, it is paid for out of their own taxation.
Splitting everyone into a “Pro-vaccine” or “Anti-vaccine” camp is not productive. We are intelligent human beings that should evaluate the evidence for ourselves and conduct our own individual risk assessment. All vaccines carry a known risk. Where there is risk, no liability and issues of safety and faith, there should be
freedom of choice.
Erin Crawford suffered a vaccine injury in college and is a cancer survivor. She is now a holistic nutrition consultant who helps families struggling with vaccine injury and fertility issues. Erin is the founder of Tennessee Vaccine Freedom and can be seen in the documentary The Truth About Vaccines.