|I have friend who has decided not to innoculate her baby.
Now I am really afraid after all the things she has said
about the safety of these injections. So are innoculations
safe or not?
This is not an easy issue, and there are strong and emotive
opinions on both sides of the fence. For every argument
on one side, there is a strong counter argument. This is
an issue which you will have to research yourself, and make
your own decisions over. If you have a doctor whom you really
trust, then you could ask his or her opinion. But the argument
against vaccinating will say that the thoughts of doctors
are strongly influenced by the drug manufacturers, who have
a vested commercial interest in making sure that you baby
Consider the argument that childhood diseases have been
almost eradicated in the Western world, since the advent
of innoculation programmes. The counter argument would be
that the introduction of innoculation programmes coincided
with the rise in the living conditions of the average person
in Europe and America. Thus the improved nutrition and hygiene
of these populations would have led to the reduction in
the incidences of childhood diseases anyway. It would be
interesting to apply this argument to the drop in mortality
rates for children in very poor African populations who
have been innoculated.
There is a lot of concern about the link between autism
and MMR innoculations. There are reports of children whose
behaviour changed soon after receiving immunisation, and
who were later diagnosed as autistic. The counter argument
would be that it is just unfortunate that the injections
coincide with the age at which autism starts to present
itself. In a study done in Denmark on over half a million
children, most of whom had been immunised, the results showed
that the incidence of autism in this population was actually
lower than the general population. However the study was
later criticised as having being funded by a pharmaceutical
Immunised children do sometimes get these childhood diseases
and this is used as a criticism of the process. The counter
argument would be that they experience a far milder form
of the disease than they would have had they not been immunised.
This is particularly important in virulent diseases such
a measles and whooping cough, which were often fatal in
the not so distant past.
The argument that the vaccinations themselves contain toxic
and harmful constituents is strongly denied by the manufacturers.
They claim that the vaccines are safe, and carefully monitored
for any aberrations in quality. How can you be sure of that?
You can’t. But how would you feel if your child was
adversely affected by a disease that could have been avoided
had you innoculated the child? There is no easy answer.
Whatever you decide, you will meet other parents who are
strongly in disagreement with your decision. You will have
to expect that, and once you have made a decision one way
or the other, be prepared to stand by that decision.
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