This week, a photo of a sign in a pediatrician’s office has been making the social media rounds. It was originally written by a nurse in Australia, and someone in the United States in the medical field found it, printed it out and put it up in a doctor’s office. It reads:
“When your daughter gets rubella when pregnant, how are you going to explain that you chose to leave her at risk? What will you say when she calls you and tells you she has cervical cancer, because you decided that she wouldn’t need the HPV vaccine? What do you tell your son when he breaks the news to you that he cannot have kids, thanks to the mumps that he got as a teenager? And what do you say when he gives influenza to his grandma? How do you explain that she won’t be coming home from hospital? Not ever.”
The message is pretty short, but man does it drive the point home: vaccinate your kids for their safety and the safety of those around them. The real gut punch comes at the end, though. The sign reads, “Do you tell them that you didn’t think these diseases were that serious? That you thought your organic, home-cooked food was enough to protect them? Do you say sorry?”
Here’s the question, though. Have enough people in the general public done their homework on vaccines and their safety or are they blindly following a protocol set up by a group that has the best interests of the pharmaceutical companies and physicians in mind?
The truth of the matter is that autism, the much-discussed neurological disorder, was unknown before vaccination came into being. It was originally known only among the wealthy who were the first to adopt the practice.
Do Americans, specifically, know that in the 1980s Congress passed a law that says we the people may not sue pharmaceutical companies for injuries related to vaccines? It’s true. It happened in 1986. If vaccines were so safe, why would this law be “necessary.”
Why is it that during cold and flu season, people who get the flu vaccine STILL get the flu? Last year, during the Influenza A and B epidemic, this writer’s parents both caught one of the strains, and one of them had a horrible reaction to Tamiflu which was supposed to shorten the time the bug was active. Nope. Both parents were sick for weeks. The family member who recovered the quickest was a non-flu vaccinated grade schooler who slept for thirty hours. The best way to prevent spreading the flu remains to stay home when sick.
And then there is Gardasil, the series of shots that are known to kill teenage girls. This has been known for years. It is also only effective against less than five strains of HPV. Prevention of infection with sexually transmitted diseases is pretty easy and cheap, actually. Save it for marriage. Why that is not on a sign in a pediatrician’s office is a good question.
However, not being a medical professional, we the people (that would be me) are really not qualified to make decisions regarding the freedom to choose NOT to be vaccinated against one virus or another.
But because of the rise of anti-vaxxers, Dr. Heap and doctors all over the world have had to spend a lot of their own time re-educating communities. The issue is so crucial that The American Academy of Pediatrics has to constantly emphasize the need for vaccines. “Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time,” the AAP wrote. “Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease. Vaccines keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society, including the elderly, and children who are too young to be vaccinated or have compromised immune systems.”
And yet pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued for injuries related to vaccines and doctors have no problem injecting all kinds of people with preservatives that go along with all the dead viruses which may well be poisonous to infants whose gut flora, where the immune system pretty much lives, is not fully developed.
Oh, I’m not supposed to question that either only having aced high school biology and chemistry and being an internet researcher. And I’m not supposed to read the medical literature that disagrees with the “wisdom” of vaccinating people for absolutely everything whether they really need it or not.
And now they’re using the “what if” of guilt. What if all people were celibate before marriage? HPV would not be a problem and Planned Parenthood would go out of business. Let that sink in.
The guilt is not amusing.