What is the war on immunizations? Why are people against immunizations? It would seem that everybody would want their children to be immunized against life threatening diseases such as polio, smallpox, and the flu. What reasons would parents have to not allow their children to have these immunizations? Does any of it have credible data behind it?
The idea is simple and it began as far back as 1000 AD. People began to introduce small amounts of smallpox to their bodies in order to develop immunity from the disease in China. While the techniques have changed over the years, the principal is there. Introduce amounts that won’t kill a person but allow the human body to develop immunity to it. This idea still stands today. Ever hear of parents letting their children be around other children how who have chickenpox just so they can get it too? While this may seem like child endangerment it is actually helping the child develop a stronger immune system.
It wasn’t until 1885 the Louis Pasteur developed a rabies vaccine that brought immunizations to another level. There was a major explosion in the field that led to an entire assortment of immunizations. By introducing a dead or weakened version into the body, doctors could prevent massive waves of diseases before they even start. The loss of life, especially children, could be prevented.
Immunizations – Pros and Cons
Recently, there has been a wave of people against immunizations. People all across the United States have begun to refuse immunizations in their children. What is the reason behind it? The number one reason is the general distrust the population has against companies. There have been a long list of things companies have done for profit but it ultimately resulted in endangering the public’s lives. One example is the Tuskegee experiment that allowed a large amount of African Americans to go without Syphilis treatment and even die. Syphilis is a completely treatable disease that can be cured with antibiotics. Needless to say, trust is a major issue here. Parents are refusing immunizations because they come from large corporations and they don’t trust that the vaccine is free of other harmful effects. Back in January of 2015, Merck, a manufacturer of vaccines, battled two lawsuits over their mumps vaccine.
Another reason parents don’t give vaccines to their children is the ingredients inside those vaccines. Parents are frightened when they hear that there is mercury in some flu vaccines. While this is true, thimerosal does have mercury in it and is used in some flu vaccines, what is not fully explained is that just because something contains trace amounts of a chemical does not mean that it is harmful. For example, apples have arsenic naturally within them. However, they are such small amounts that it is unlikely that they pose any large threat to people eating apples.
In conclusion, most people against immunizations are not against the principle behind it. Rather, they are against the big corporation that promises safety in their products. History has taught consumers that some corporations are willing to lie for bigger profits. In doing this, these corporations have tarnished the trust consumers have in immunization shots. However, one has to weigh the risk of one’s child being exposed to diseases that resulted in a loss of a life that could have been prevented. The flu once killed thousands. Now, it rarely kills anyone who has a moderate level of health.