After all, that is what I was taught. But after my experience in the hospital system and thoroughly examining the medical literature, it became obvious that most medical professionals who parrot such statements have read almost nothing on vaccination and are just following orders. I know, because that was also formerly true of me. Doctors want to do what is right, but who creates their curriculum or continuing education modules?
Indeed, as I write this, I note that there are posts under the Vaccines category, with this post to make it There is no doubt that vaccines represent one of the most common topics that we cover here on SBMand with good reason. Many skeptics and defenders of SBM also throw that word around, again with good reason most of the time.
There really is a shocking amount of anti-vaccine sentiment out there. To kick things off, I thought it would be a good idea to pontificate a bit on the topic of how to identify an anti-vaxer. What makes an anti-vaxer different from people who are simply skeptical of vaccines or skeptical of specific vaccines for instance, the HPV vaccine?
Ten years ago, I was blissfully unaware that such a movement even existed; indeed, I doubt the concept would even have entered my brain that anyone would seriously question the safety and efficacy of vaccines, which are one of the safest and most efficacious preventative medical interventions humans have ever devised, arguably having saved more lives than any other medical intervention ever conceived.
Yes, I was a shruggie. All of that changed not long after I started my first blog in December Approximately six months later, to be precise. That was when someone as famous as Robert F. Handley who simultaneously gloats about the decline in confidence in vaccines among parentsJenny McCarthy, and Dr.
Ohio, regarding possible obscenity in a movie, Justice Potter Stewart once famously wrote: But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.
More than million people in the United States are infected with HIV 1 but government officials do not ban HIV infected children and adults from attending school, receiving medical care, being employed, or otherwise participating in society. In fact, there are anti-discrimination laws that guarantee civil rights protections for Americans infected with HIV or living with AIDS. The history of vaccination is more complicated than most people understand. The anti-vaccine movement is hundreds of years old. It heated up in the s, when parents in the U.K. became fed up with watching their healthy infants and children become ill or die shortly after getting smallpox vaccinations, or later get sick from smallpox anyway. Highlights Web and the postmodern medical paradigm aid in spreading anti-vaccine messages. Evidence suggests online information may influence vaccination decisions. Tactics and tropes used online by the anti-vaccine movement are described. Awareness of anti-vaccine techniques is needed to recognize disingenuous claims.
I know it when I see it. This difficulty is complicated by the fact that there are a number of different flavors of anti-vaccine views ranging from I kid you not the view that vaccines are a tool of Satan to depopulate the earth to much milder views.
Which vaccines do you think that, barring medical contraindications, children should receive? Be aware that this question may require some pushing to get an answer.
Rarely am I able to get a definitive answer on the first try, because most anti-vaccine advocates are cleverer than that. Of course, we discuss the latter argument here all the time when we point out studies that refute the alleged link between vaccines and autism.
This being the real world, one has to remember that vaccines are not perfect. What differentiates anti-vaccine cranks from, for example, scientists who deal with issues of efficacy versus side effects and potential complications all the time, is exaggeration far beyond what the scientific data will support.
For example, if the influenza vaccine is less efficacious than perhaps we would like which is truethen it must be useless. This is, in essence, the Nirvana fallacy, wherein if something is not perfect it is claimed to be utterly worthless.
Part and parcel of this approach involves the complement, namely vastly exaggerating the potential side effects and complications due to vaccines to paint them as being far more dangerous than the diseases they prevent.
The claim that vaccines cause autism is the most famous, but far from the only one of these sorts of claims.
This fallacious argument claims that there are all sorts of scary chemicals in vaccines. Of course, there are all sorts of chemicals with scary names in vaccines, just as there are all sorts of chemicals with scary names in almost everything, from food to clothing to household cleaners, among others.
The dose makes the poison, and the amounts of these chemicals, such as formaldehyde, are tiny. Then, of course, there are the chemicals claimed to be in vaccines that are, in fact, not in vaccines. This particular claim comes from the fact that, for some vaccines, the viruses used to make the vaccines are grown in a human cell line derived from an aborted fetus.
Scientists, of course, tend to be a lot more measured and express the level of uncertainty in their claims; anti-vaccine activists are under no such constraints. When, for example, scientists debated how to respond to the H1N1 pandemic last year, there was considerable uncertainty about how to do it, when to do it, and how to formulate the vaccines.
Should we use squalene in order to decrease the amount of antigen used? On the surface, these testimonials seem convincing.
Even though such cases are random, though, to a single observer, they appear all the world as though the vaccine caused the regression.The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) is an independent non-statutory committee established by the Australian Government Minister for Health in anti-vaccination information and nationwide support groups.
Available Exemptions Medical & Religious Immunization requirements shall not apply to children whose parent, parents, or guardian hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required, and no certificate [of immunization] shall be required as a prerequisite to such children being admitted or.
For the second time, a journal has quickly retracted a study that suggested vaccines raise the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Highlights Web and the postmodern medical paradigm aid in spreading anti-vaccine messages.
Evidence suggests online information may influence vaccination decisions. Tactics and tropes used online by the anti-vaccine movement are described.
Awareness of anti-vaccine techniques is needed to recognize disingenuous claims. THE POISONED NEEDLE Suppressed Facts About Vaccination By Eleanor McBean [Whale, June ] To read only the polio sections see Hidden Dangers in Polio Vaccine by Eleanor McBean.
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