One of the proofs raised by people who oppose vaccinations is that there is a special trust fund set up for people to use if they or their loved ones have had adverse impact from vaccinations. See, the government must know there is a problem or why else would they set up this trust fund. But since the fund was established in 1986, there have been less than 7000 approved claims and less than 30,000 filed claims despite more than 7 billion vaccinations given.
I don’t think the government should force you to vaccinate your kids, but I still think you should do it.
Yes, at one time the MMR used aborted fetal tissue. It does not anymore and has not since the sixties. Yes, there are Ph.D. immunologists who think vaccines really do no good. But there are also Ph.D. And Th.D scholars who will tell you the traditional biblical understanding of the resurrection and Christian sexual ethic is wrong. Should we believe them too? What about the Ph.D. and M.D. immunologists who say vaccines work. Why can’t we believe them?
Should we believe the earth is flat because a Ph.D. scholar wrote a self-published book saying so?
The entire anti-vaccine movement is based on people who have decided they are experts and have not actually read the data, but have read everything that confirms their own biases. I cannot tell you the number of anti-vaccine people who have referred me to data that has been thoroughly debunked and that you too could easily debunk based just on reading historic reports and newspaper articles of the events and incidents that supposedly cast doubt on vaccinations.
For example, one of the oft-cited books showing how good hygiene is actually responsible for the decline in infection provides a case study of a place in England where the city rejected mandatory vaccines for a disease. All the politicians who had imposed it were voted out of office replaced by those who rejected mandatory vaccination.
The rate of disease went down as the new government insisted on good hygiene and cleanliness instead of vaccinations. What the authors leave out is that the residents of the city still got vaccinated. Yep. Even without government mandated vaccinations, all but 200 people in the city got vaccinated. What happened to those 200? Most of them got sick and some of them died.
But let’s leave that out of the data so you think washing your hands will save you.
I get the religious objections. I disagree with them. God has a way of using bad things for good. An aborted child has given life to billions of people world wide. That does not make the abortion right or justify it, but God has a way of using bad things for good.
You can show me your pseudo-science, but what I can show you is whole areas of the world that were dying of disease until the people who lived there were vaccinated. I can show you that in areas of this country where vaccinations declined, infections increased. I can show you a kid in Oregon who got tetanus because his parents refused to vaccinate him and he spent over 50 days in the hospital. The parental response? They still refused vaccinations.
I can show areas of the country where children are getting measles because they did not get vaccinated.
And I can show you the people who are put at risk everyday because they are walking around next to your unimmunized kids carrying infectious disease and these people’s immune systems have been weakened by cancer, chemo, and other illness. But your pride and selfishness has you convinced that they too could be cured if only they’d believe the quacks who think cancer continues because of a government conspiracy.