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Opinion: parents who don’t vaccinate children are endangering lives

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     Ignorance is bliss, but it’s also immensely dangerous. Such is the case with parents throughout America who, for one reason or another, choose not to vaccinate their children. Before you throw your arms up in the air and wonder what stake I, or anyone at the Univeristy at Albany has in the matter, know that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are not only endangering their kids’ lives, but also the lives of everyone around them.

     As long as you’d rather not have deadly, highly contagious and largely eradicated illnesses such as Polio, Smallpox or the Measles, this is an issue for you as much as anyone. Contrary to popular belief, someone who has been vaccinated can contract a disease they’ve been previously protected against from someone who has not. Is that not scary?

     Let’s get the obvious out of the way: in no way, shape or form do vaccines cause Autism. The one, single study that reached those conclusions has been proven to be the product of sloppy science, doctored results and faulty experimenting. The man, not doctor, who originally published that research, Andrew Wakefield, was stripped of his medical license for fudging his findings as well as ethical problems. He is in no way credible and shouldn’t be treated as such.

     To be fair, the overwhelming majority of parents are doing the responsible and safe thing by vaccinating their children. But that small outlier is what could prove to be a real problem. Not only are their children at greater risk, but so is every other child they come in contact with. That’s why schools (as well as colleges) mandate vaccinations. Infected students eventually go home and can affect parents. Parents then go to work and infect the population at large. Sounds like a movie now, doesn’t it?

     Because rational people don’t listen to junk science, supporters of Wakefield and McCarthy have begun to use a different argument, saying that this is a free choice matter. True enough, in most places it isn’t mandatory to immunize your children. You can choose not to. You can also choose to walk around campus in your underwear during the dead of winter. But, like choosing not to vaccinate, that decision will end badly. The presence of choice doesn’t mean both options are inherently equal; it just means they exist.

     Herd immunity describes a species’ collective resistance to certain diseases. This is a major aspect of human survival which can vary from society to society and have major ramifications. The Spanish conquistadors brought diseases to the New World that virtually wiped out millions of native peoples ― much more than the guns and horses they ferried from Europe.

M. Francis Mirro

    Herd immunity can also mean the preservation or destruction of large populations of humans. The thing is, when even one out of ten people, the rate of parents who delay or skip shots in America, have a compromised immunity, it can drastically affect the entire population’s Herd immunity. And the number of unvaccinated people is rising in many states and that is a horrifying prospect.

    This is part of a much larger problem that is plaguing the internet-heavy world. People are feeling too comfortable ignoring hard facts from experts and professionals and accepting inaccurate information from unreliable sources simply because it fits into their preconceived opinions. But, unlike modern politics, this vital science is in no way subjective and fact cannot be mistaken for opinion. People’s lives are most certainly at stake.

1 Comment

  1. Goldy
    April 20, 2018 at 4:21 am — Reply

    Are you aware that the vaccine court has paid out nearly 4 billion dollars in damages? There has never been a comparison study of vaccinated/unvaccinated people.
    On Feb. 7th 2018, an Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry has issued a report that finds higher risks of death and illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and hypersensitivity associated to the administration of combined vaccines (1). A copy of this report has been addressed to the European Parliament.

    After an 18-year investigation into causes of thousands of cases of serious illnesses and deaths amongst personnel affected to military missions abroad,
    this Parliamentary Commission has found a significant risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases associated with the use of combined and multiple vaccines in the prophylactic schedule. While the 4th ‘Uranium’ Commission initially investigated other factors such as exposure to uranium from bombshells and other war hazards, the causal association with vaccines was raised both by personnel accounts and by the fact that soldiers who did not leave the country had also been affected.

    Vaccines in the military vaccine program are the same as those used for infants.

    Findings of this Commission – whose interests are neither in favor or against vaccines, or close to ‘vaccine hesitant groups’ – raise a serious alarm in the present context of vaccine mandates and schedules in Europe.

    The Commission could not find a single study assessing the safety of combined vaccines

    The Commission estimated that “the cumulative amount of the various components of the vaccines exceeds the permitted limit for the marketing authorization of the single vaccine”. This means that in combined vaccines the sum of adjuvants (aluminium or mercury), preservatives and biological contaminants – i.e. viruses, bacteria, mycoplasmas and mycobacteria, as well as fetal human DNA and animal DNA, recent findings also show nanoparticles – that come from the biological tissues of vaccine culture has not been tested.

    “Vaccines that have a high content of components in quantitative terms, but also of varieties of foreign components, determined a greater number of adverse reactions»

    Ao. the Commission was concerned by the use and safety of aluminium adjuvants (hexavalent vaccines), large quantities of fetal and animal DNA (eg. MMR) and the presence of inflammatory nanoparticles contaminating the vaccines.


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