I put this comment on the CTH Presidential thread today and started a firestorm! I did a post about the linked article at Stella’s Place in the past.
NOTE: THIS COMMENT HAS NOTHING WHATEVER TO DO WITH THE COVID VACCINES, ALTHOUGH MANY HAVE ASSUMED THAT IT IS. MY GUESS IS THAT THEY DIDN’T READ MY COMMENT COMPLETELY AND CERTAINLY DIDN’T READ THE LINKED ARTICLE.
Anyway, here is my original comment:
I am not, by any means, trying to minimize the concern of those who fear the Covid vaccine, but I do believe that we have a few people who have joined us in the past few months who have as their main purpose to demonize vaccines in general.
These people are posting links to articles that, in many cases, are frankly misinformation about vaccines written by charlatans who pose as revered scientists and doctors. Yes, that is my opinion only, but I urge each of you to follow up on the information that is being posted and investigate the sources being given. Please read the negatives as well as the positives.
Here is an article that you may find useful in making up your mind about childhood vaccines, in particular, and vaccines in general.
Some of you may know how strongly I feel about the importance of vaccinating against childhood diseases such as rubella, measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio. I have posted about it in the past at Stella’s Place blog. I realize that there are sometimes negative side effects from vaccines, but they are very rare, and no medical procedure is free of potential negative results. In fact, almost nothing we do in life is free of the possibility of disaster.
I know you have read about people who have been harmed by vaccines, but you rarely read about those who were harmed by the diseases that vaccines were developed to protect against.
Please read this article, from The Chicago Tribune, which touches upon the lives of several people who were permanently disabled because they were not vaccinated. I assume that, unlike today’s children, the vaccines were not yet available to protect them. And yet, the disabilities that these people suffer – permanent vision and hearing loss – are relatively minor compared to the possibility of brain damage and death, which they might have suffered, and others did suffer.
The irony is that the success of childhood vaccination has decreased the incidents of these diseases to almost nil in the United States. The fear of those who have experienced ill effects from these diseases is that parents no longer afraid of the diseases because they have never seen them.
I am old enough to remember these diseases and what they can do. My oldest nephew (only a few years younger than I) experienced measles-related encephalitis and suffered permanent damage to his eyesight. I also remember a childhood friend who lived in an iron lung following polio.
Diseases like whooping cough and measles can and do kill babies who are too young to be vaccinated or those who are unable to be vaccinated. German measles, if contracted in the early stages of pregnancy, often causes birth defects. As vaccination rates decline, the chance of these diseases spreading increases. Measles has been spread by children without immunity who contract the disease in countries where it is more wide spread than it is now in the USA. In past years, for example, there was a large measles epidemic in France.