Yesterday’s discussion got me started on a very important subject that I’d like to say little more about — vaccines. And I feel obligated to address it, because as I mentioned before, public concerns about this issue just aren’t being taken seriously.
As a result, parents and physicians run the risk of losing their rights, without any real recourse in the matter. And children are serving as collateral in a war over what is, essentially, an unsanctioned public health experiment.
Just to be clear, I do believe in certain vaccinations — and that includes childhood vaccines. But I also think that we should adopt a slower and more thoughtful strategy. After all, we now have newborns being vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a little nuts.
And I’m not the only one, either. According to a new survey from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the number of pediatricians who reported vaccine refusals from parents shot up dramatically over the last decade.
In 2013, nearly 90 percent of pediatricians reported vaccine refusals from parents over the previous year — that’s compared with just under 75 percent in 2006. The doctors estimated that the number of parents refusing at least one vaccine nearly doubled in that time period, from 4.5 percent to 8.6 percent.
The number of parents refusing more than one vaccine followed a similar trend, rising from 2.5 percent to 4.8 percent. Meanwhile, the number of parents refusing all vaccines jumped from 2.1 percent to 3.3 percent.
Because of this, there’s been a huge backlash from the government and Big Pharma, with discussions about forcing mandatory vaccination. And we aren’t talking about just a handful of vaccines, either. For the record, New York State mandates that an infant receive 32 vaccinations in their first year.
That is, before they have an intact immune system. And without any regard for what the long term ramifications of doing so might be.
Obviously, no one wants a polio epidemic. But the truth is hiding somewhere in this controversy. Parents are concerned. And why shouldn’t they be?
If you addressed these concerns, presented them with a plan, and thoughtfully educated them as to why it may be wise to vaccinate, then perhaps they wouldn’t be so hesitant. Today’s parents are more savvy then ever, and doctors would be wise to acknowledge and respect that.
Instead, you have instances like what happened to a friend of mine. She was in the hospital with her child who was having a bit of difficulty breastfeeding, and they wanted to give the child a hepatitis B vaccine.
What sense does that make? The current guidelines are just plain absurd.
Yet it’s difficult to find a pediatrician who isn’t adamant about vaccinations — especially considering that they could lose their license to practice medicine for not stuffing our next generation full of potential poisons.
Pediatricians want to do the right thing — but who’s telling them what’s right? Ultimately, Big Pharma — that’s who.
Moving vaccines in large quantities is the only way the drug industry can make money off of them. And if the government doesn’t comply with making vaccines profitable enough, then as we learned yesterday, manufacturers simply won’t bother to produce them at all.
All I can say is this: Way back when, long before I knew what I know today, I was headed to Botswana. The CDC recommended I receive immunizations against cholera and typhoid along with one other vaccination. So naturally, I went to a travel doctor where I proceeded to get all three shots on the same day.
Later that evening, I was so weak and sick that I had to take to my bed for the next three days. If these are the effects that multiple vaccines have on a grown man with an intact immune system, ask yourself — what is it doing to your child, grandchild, or great grandchild?
There may not be clear answers to this question yet. But parents, and their children, deserve alternatives. It’s as simple as that.