The anti-vaccination movement started in the late 1700s with resistance to compulsory vaccination in the UK. Andrew Wakefield's article in 1998 was very much a late-comer with peer-reviewed articles linking vaccination to autism since the early 1900s - well before there was a word for this spectrum and it was referred to as post-vaccinal encephalitis.
Since no vaccine can convey lifelong immunity nor can it stop fully-vaccinated individuals from either contracting or spreading the diseases they are vaccinated against, it is foolish to say that people have to be vaccinated to eradicate diseases.
To quote Mahatma Ghandi:
Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time.
Conscientious objectors to vaccination should stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defense of their conviction.
I don't believe that parents who choose not to vaccinate are fearful. In fact, fear is what drives most parents to agree to take the shots - and ignorance due to the neglect of physicians to fully inform as well.
Those who make the choice to decline vaccinations or to vaccinate selectively generally do so after a great deal of research, discussions with health professionals and a complete family medical history to determine any personal history of sensitivity to vaccines or their ingredients. Many of them also stop vaccinating after the pain of watching a previously healthy child sicken and sometimes even die after vaccination.
These parents choose to keep their families safe through good nutrition, a clean and loving environment and natural therapies (often though not always).
Vaccines are not benign products. They are medical procedures with a broad range of adverse effects which parents should be aware of before they say yes or no. They are also not as effective as doctors would have us believe as evidenced by the current 50-year high in whooping cough notifications - most of which seem to be occurring in those who are fully vaccinated (but not protected) against the disease.
Until the government gets off its butt and does a study to compare the overall health of the fully vaccinated vs the fully unvaccinated (and believe it or not, this has never been done anywhere in the world!), parents will continue to wonder exactly what the long term side effects of vaccines could be on the nation as a whole and on their children in particular.
Today's parents are far savvier than those of a generation ago. They require real answers, not platitudes. And articles like this which try to paint these intelligent, well-informed, caring individuals in a less than flattering light simply because they have decided to make a choice which many in the mainstream disagree with, do no justice to either the community or the health of America.
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