By Shirley Ransdell, Junior writer
Friday, June 1, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- In this article, Shane Ellison talks about why he doesn’t vaccinate his children, and he starts with a common concept about vaccines: herd immunity.
According to vaccines.gov, herd immunity or community immunity protects all members of the population by making the disease hard to spread among people and especially protects those that are immune suppressed and can’t get vaccines.
His article seems to acknowledge this when he says, “[Herd immunity] states that the more people are immune to an infectious agent, the less like an immune-compromised individual is to come in contact with it.”
However, he then immediately goes against that by saying, “…if vaccines truly worked, then why would vaccinated kids be at risk?”
First of all, vaccines are not 100% effective, but that doesn’t mean they are 0% effective like he is implying.
Meaning that just because someone is vaccinated doesn’t mean they are completely safe, so herd immunity helps protect them from that risk of still getting the disease.
Second, you just acknowledged that there are some immune-compromised individuals, and then never mentioned it afterward. Herd immunity is important for those who cannot get vaccinated.
His first reason is that vaccination does not always mean “immunization” in which he argues that vaccine effects are temporary and may not work due to the inability for our immune system to recognize it.
I could not find any sources on why vaccines would not work due to these issues, and he doesn’t cite any sources to show that this is an issue with vaccines.
He does say that the World Health Organization shows that children two and under don’t develop immunity, but he doesn’t show that these effects adults in the same way.
His next reason is that vaccines are full of toxins. These “toxins” are chemicals used as preservatives in small doses.
This is the case for aluminum and mercury.
He also says that vaccines can cause autism, which is not true and has been disproven multiple times.
He lists another disease that also is not caused by vaccines but have an unknown cause and may occur at the time children get vaccines.
He then says that you form immunity naturally, but he doesn’t show that vaccines aren’t the best way to gain immunity.
He then again says that vaccines don’t decrease the rate of diseases and says that different immune systems are helpful with a disease.
This is the same argument made above that doesn’t have evidence to back it up.
He then says there is no silver bullet against infection but doesn’t show that vaccines couldn’t help with that.
Vaccines are the most helpful thing to prevent infection
I give the article a 3 out of 10 for accuracy.
Shane Elison. Herd Immunity: Three Reasons Why I Don’t Vaccinate My Children… and Why Vaccine Supporters Shouldn’t care That I Use Vaccine Exemption Forms. The People’s Chemist. USA. https://thepeopleschemist.com/reasons-dont-vaccinate-children-vaccine-supporters-shouldnt-give/
Vaccines Protect your Community. Vaccines.gov. USA. https://www.vaccines.gov/basics/work/protection/index.html
Jon Cohen. (September 2017). Why flu vaccines so often fail. Science. USA. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/why-flu-vaccines-so-often-fail