Fear is one hell of drug, isn't it?
And it is especially dangerous when it's in those who are misinformed and compelled by fear.
This is the case the world is now facing with vaccinations.
In fact, it has gotten so bad in Australia that they were forced to issue the Social Services Legislation Amendment.
This bill will make legislators able to deny child care benefits to families for failing to meet all of their child's required vaccinations.
Here in America, studies have shown that a very small minority still believe that vaccines cause more harm than good mainly based off of hearsay, and various sources of literature.
If you're an adult and you believe vaccines are some sort of Illuminati scheme, hell bent on poisoning you, then that's your prerogative, of course.
But when placing the lives of children in said individual's hands, it is imperative that absolutely no one has any reservations toward getting his or her kids vaccinated.
Now you're talking about potentially putting their lives in danger.
So in order to be comfortable with that, we have to debunk some of the most popular myths about vaccinations first.
Here are three of them:
1. Vaccines cause autism.
This is the big one, as it gets tossed around a lot.
It is often speculated that there is a link between autism and children who received vaccines. I've heard this one several times on the grapevine myself, and have personally seen people get into a fit about it.
CDC studies have shown that there is no such correlation, yet this idea still gets tossed around a lot.
I know, I know, you don't trust the CDC because what they really are is a covert bioterrorist organization idly waiting for the proper opportunity to unleash a mass zombie virus on us all in order to reduce the population, right?
If you do subscribe to that theory, then you were always probably too paranoid to get outside and reproduce anyway.
Therefore, we don't have to worry about your kids not getting vaccinated.
Perhaps multiple other credible sources can dispel the myth of how vaccinations cause autism for you.
They're quite easy to find if you take the time to research.
2. Vaccines give people muscle disorders.
You may recall a few years back, circa 2009, when former Redskins Cheerleader Desiree Jennings was televised on national news for claiming to have developed a muscle disorder due to taking an influenza vaccine.
Like most medicines on the market, vaccines do have side effects which include:
- Injection site reactions (pain, swelling and redness)
- Mild fever
- Muscle and joint pain
Dystonia and muscle spasm, of which she claimed to have had experienced, are not on that list.
She most likely only experience one of the symptoms listed above, regardless of how startling the video of it was.
It was also later discovered that what she was experience was exaggerated to say the least, and the symptoms did not arise until 10 days after her flu shot, reportedly.
Currently, she's back to normal, and it turns out that her symptoms were not as crippling as she initially thought.
Basically, her case sounds like an extreme case of hypochondria manifested subconsciously after receiving the shot.
These fears, of course, derived from the negative things she's heard and seen about flu vaccines empirically.
Yet this doesn't matter to a lot of people, and they'll still forgo vaccinations for themselves and their children, due to these reports of crippling.
But do you know what else can be crippling? Polio hasn't f*cked with anyone for years thanks to vaccination, so use that as evidence.
3. The body can heal itself. Natural vaccination is better.
Unless you're Wolverine, your body is probably not as resilient as you may think.
Yes, it is true that your body can become stronger against a certain disease after surviving it once. But just because that's true, it doesn't mean that you should let it be your only lifeline.
Your chances of surviving a malicious disease without vaccination is significantly lower than the odds of you acquiring a malicious side effect from vaccinations.
Such gambles should not even be contemplated, so just get vaccinated.
Nothing created by man on this earth is full proof but we have to realize that vaccines have come a long way.
Fearing them without sound facts doesn't do us any good.
And most importantly, it doesn't do the children any good going forward.