Leading into this discussion of vaccines and the reasons why many parents opt out of vaccinations, I must begin with a few statements and observations.
First, this document was largely created to educate talk show host Mark Davis – who is undereducated in this subject – as to the reasoned and legitimate reasons many parents have begun choosing to not vaccinate their children. I advise him to note the extensive references at the bottom (which are mostly from PubMed, the most respected catalog of research information on the internet) as evidence that these parents have at least some basis in science.
Second, this topic is highly emotional. It is difficult to find someone who does not have an opinion on the subject, and almost everyone holds their opinion strongly. Attached to that view is usually a strong, visceral response against anyone who holds the opposite view. On one extreme side are epidemiologists, who seek to limit all illnesses no matter how innocuous they may be. On the other extreme side are typically parents who believe their children have been damaged by the ingredients in vaccines. In the vast areas in between are many millions of parents who believe what they believe based on evidence.
Third, I believe talk show host Mark Davis made a good point in his talk show on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – that any political discussion by conservatives should focus on the fact that parents should be free to make such decisions, but that schools and doctors should have the freedom to also exclude those who are unvaccinated… as he put it, “freedom across the board”. Most parents who do not vaccinate their children would be fine with such consequences, as they strongly feel they are protecting their children’s health.
Finally, talk show host Mark Davis is entirely off the mark when he describes those who do not want to vaccinate their children as “unbelievably stupid” and “irresponsible” – two terms I heard him use in his discussion of the point I endorsed above. The following points, observations, and bits of information will prove that there are plenty of reasons to doubt the claims of our government when it comes to vaccinations. I would expect any government-skeptical talk show host to have an open mind when it comes to questioning the claims of our government.
Points of information and interest:
Also utilized is information from this book, which does its best to present an unbiased pros/cons view of vaccinations as well as a good discussion of the immune system and how immunity works. Most books are either written by CDC doctors or the parents of “vaccine-injured children”; this author is neither:
Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide by Aviva Jill Romm
In conclusion, I hope this presents evidence of the common-sensical, reasoning nature of most opponents of vaccinations. We are not as stupid as you might think!