Human society has propelled forward through innovations such as automobiles, aviation, advanced infrastructure, and smartphones. We have taken ten steps forward, but with the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases, we have taken five steps backward..
The vaccine was a major stepping stone towards development; since the creation of the vaccine, 2.5 million lives are saved annually. Unfortunately, due to the tarnished reputation of the Pharmaceutical industry, the Anti-Vaccination movement is on the rise. This is causing outbreaks of diseases all over the United States. Measles was declared eliminated in 2000, so why are we back to square one? Eldridge Coover once said, "You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
In the era of organic, non-GMO, vegan, and "all natural ingredients," some people are over critical of everything they consume, so it is quite natural for them to be cynical of a substance injected into their body. It is astonishing parents believe a blog run by a mother who has no experience in the field of immunology over a medical doctor with decades of experience.
Anti-Vaccinators must understand there is no scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism. This medical myth was a result of an infamous research paper, which was later proven to contain falsified data and false claims.
Regardless, the effects of the research paper were irreversible, because it planted a seed of doubt and cynicism regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry. Now the seed has blossomed into a tree, and fear of the pharmaceutical industry is weighing down our society. We often forget the elderly man survived a heart attack because of Thrombolytics; the child who went into anaphylactic shock was saved by Epinephrine Hydrochloride. For every error made, there are millions of lives saved.
Another concern of Anti-Vaccinators is the presence of Formaldehyde in vaccines. Although it is TRUE vaccines contain Formaldehyde, the chemical makes up only 0.0005% of the chemical composition. For reference, liquid hand soap contains 0.1% Formaldehyde. Paul Offit, a world renowned pediatrician, claims children are exposed to more harmful toxins in one day of normal activity than from one dosage of a vaccine.
Life or death-take your pick. Let us leave vaccine-preventable diseases in the past, and move forward through educating the public of the dangers of not vaccinating.