Recently there has been a rise in the belief that vaccinations are dangerous and unhelpful to protecting our children and human life.
The medical community, made up of doctors, researchers, lab technicians and anyone else who has gone through rigorous, transparent and excellent medical training are unanimous, vaccines work and we need them as a species.
Do vaccines work?
A non-profit think tank in the U.S., the RAND corporation, conducted an investigation into the databases of scientific literature for vaccine-related studies, turning up 20,478.
They boiled down that number to 166 verified, controlled studies, and got to work. They looked for any links between vaccinations and adverse consequences, compared with those that only received placebo shots.
From their in-depth study they found that vaccines commonly administered were safe and effective. They also found no link between vaccinations and autism.
How do vaccines work and why are they effective? A doctor explains.
What lead to the rise in the anti-vaccination movement?
A study called, The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine conducted by medical experts looked at the factors that lead to the spike in anti-vaccination sentiment.
The study states, “There have been recent trends of parents in Western countries refusing to vaccinate their children due to numerous reasons and perceived fears.”
“While opposition to vaccines is as old as the vaccines themselves, there has been a recent surge in the opposition to vaccines in general, specifically against the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, most notably since the rise in prominence of the notorious British ex-physician, Andrew Wakefield, and his works.”
Fraudulent Anti-Vaccination Advocate
Andrew Wakefield and his study linking vaccinations in children and autism has been debunked by countless medical professionals across the world.
His work was found to be utterly fraudulent, conducted with a complete disregard for the rigours of science and truth.
Unfortunately as medical professionals have discovered through national hospital and clinical statistical data, the consequences from lower vaccination uptake rates are becoming grievously apparent.
“This has caused multiple measles outbreaks in Western countries where the measles virus was previously considered eliminated. This paper evaluates and reviews the origins of the anti-vaccination movement … the role of the internet in the spread of anti-vaccination ideas, and the repercussions in terms of public health and safety.”
Apart from the small pain of having to endure a needle in the arm, research found that there was a miniscule chance that, due to previous allergies, some children could have mild allergic reactions to some vaccines.
Additionally, largely harmless febrile seizures occurred when brought about by fevers.
Yet in these instances health professionals are equipped to easily deal with the outcomes.
These small small consequences, compared with the potential dangers of measles, mumps, rubella and other diseases which can easily bring about death in children, make vaccinations the safest choice for parents.
1336 Preventable Deaths
In the U.S. alone research has found that in 2014, 1336 deaths could have been prevented if those infected, children and adults, had been vaccinated.
Where to from here?
The call from the medical community is to get the facts, to be a part of the educated and informed.
They call for parents to seek information from reputable sources such as medical doctors, rigorous scientific studies and communities of health professionals that are held to an extremely high standard of investigation and truth.
At the end of the day what is on the line are the lives of our children and the health of our species. This is a very important issue.
Here are further studies and verified information published on vaccinations: