Tommy: I don't get the opposition to vaccines

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
April 29, 2019 - 11:16 am

I don’t get it.  It doesn’t make sense.  What would be the motive?  Do you REALLY believe everything you see on the internet or social media? Which is the bigger gamble when it comes to the health of your child…getting them vaccinated or leaving them unvaccinated because of things you’ve read, seen or heard?  If you believed then candidate-Trump that the measles vaccine caused autism, do you now believe that “the kids need to get their shots”?

We spent an interesting hour this morning talking about the science behind the opposition to the measles and other vaccines.  I think one of the bigger surprises for me was to learn that opposition to vaccines is by no means a new phenomenon.  Opposition to vaccines date as far back as the 1700s when the vaccine against smallpox was introduced.  Take a listen.

There wasn’t much opposition, however, to the polio vaccine when it appeared in the early 1960s. That was before my time, but research will show you how much polio frightened people. Adults or children would develop a fever and, in some cases, hours later be in a state of paralysis to certain areas of the body. There was no real warning.  Something that could appear to be the common cold could actually be a disabling virus.  Dr. Salk’s polio vaccine was seen as an answer to prayers when it was introduced.

Fast forward to today when vaccines are viewed by some to cause autism.  My heart goes out to those parents and children who were diagnosed with autism after receiving a vaccination.  If it were me, I would be desperate to find a reason as to why this happened. I don’t know that I’d be willing to accept the fact that it was coincidental, especially if there was “research”, albeit fraudulent, to back it up.

That being said, I may be living in a fool’s paradise but I trust the medical community.  I trust police departments. I trust the government as it relates to health.  So I trust that the good in vaccines far outweighs the bad.  There are bad actors in every institution; but I think, for the most part, the individuals involved are more concerned with protecting those in their charge rather than pursuing some agenda put forth by conspiracy theorists. 

What do you think?


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