By Shirley Ransdell, Junior writer
Sunday, February 25, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- This article starts by arguing that vaccines are not what they seem. The author says that vaccines can affect your health, and the health of your children for the rest of their lives. I believe the author is correct. The World Health Organization shows that vaccines can reduce disease, disability, death, and inequity. However, this article is against vaccines, and says they are not good for children.
Her first reason for not giving children vaccines is that pharmaceutical companies cannot be trusted ever. She makes the claim that HRT (Hormone treatments for menopausal women) could increase the rates of breast cancer, strokes, and heart attack risks. This was confirmed by Mayo Clinics article on HRT, which strongly advices knowing about these side affects if the treatment is long term. She then talks about Vioxx, and says there was an attempt by the producer, Merck.
This was reported on by the U.S National Library of Medicine. Both of these are examples of why we should have better reporting and testing measures for medication. It does not prove that all pharmaceutical companies shouldn’t be trusted in all cases, as these two companies don’t represent all pharmaceutical companies.
The second argument is the dangerous material in vaccines. She proceeds to list all of the chemicals in vaccines, but does not list their use, fatal dosage, or even what they do in vaccines. This list includes the aborted fetus argument, and pig blood as proof of their bad nature.
However, this list is not reliable for a few reasons.
The first being that the CDC explains what is in vaccines, and why it wouldn’t do harm to the human body.
The second is that this list that is passed around anti-vaccination sites usually contains inaccurate information, like pigs blood, that gets attention but is horribly misconstrued.
Her next argument is that unvaccinated children are unhealthy. I would call attention to the fact that there aren’t enough unvaccinated children to do a proper comparative study. It would also be good to point out that correlation does not equal causation, such in the case of autism, and ADHD, which are commonly associated with vaccine usage, even though no causation has been found.
The fourth argument is that other countries are waking up to the dangers of vaccination. This is an argument ad populum and should not be an argument in the first place. The main idea is that there are no connections between childhood vaccines and bad health effects.
The fifth reason is that several vaccines have been taken off the market due to dangers. She claims that the rotavirus vaccines are dangerous and should be dropped.
The CDC still recommends this vaccine for children. She also mentions that the Gardasil vaccine contained glass particles. This was fixed when these vaccines were recalled, and no adverse effects were seen, except swelling around the injection site according to the CDC. This does not prove that vaccinations as a whole are dangerous, as these risks were immediately taken care of by the pharmaceutical companies.
The last argument is that you can always get vaccinated, but you can never undo one. This assumes that there is a harm to all vaccination and thus should be avoided. However, there is still no evidence that shows that vaccinations in and of themselves are dangerous.
With all the evidence provided by our sources and the sources provided in the article in question. We give Six Reasons to Say NO to Vaccination a 3/10 in accuracy.
CDC. (November 2016). Rotavirus Vaccination. Center for Disease Control. The United States. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/rotavirus/index.html/
CDC. (August 2013). 2013 Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Gardasil HPV Vaccine. Center for Disease Control. The United States. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/history/gardasil-recall-faq.html/
CDC. (February 2011). Ingredients of Vaccines – Fact Sheet. Center for Disease Control. The United States. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm/
Mayo Clinic Staff. (April 2015). Hormone therapy: Is it right for you?. Mayo Clinic. The United States. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372/
Multiple Authors. (February 2008). Vaccination greatly reduces disease, disability, death and inequity worldwide. World Health Organization. International. http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/
Multiple Authors. (January 2007). What have we learnt from Vioxx?. US National Library of Medicine. The United States. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1779871/
Sarah. (January 2018). Six Reasons To Say NO to Vaccination. The healthy home economist. The United States. https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/six-reasons-to-say-no-to-vaccination/