Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Debunking that good ol’ anti vaxxer logic

 

 

So remember all those magnificent comments we mentioned when discussing anti vaccination logic in the previous blog post? Well, it is time to debunk them once and for all!!

Getting so many vaccines will overwhelm a child’s immune system.

FALSE! Vaccines are so carefully purified they only contain a ‘single piece’ of the disease causing pathogen, which a child’s immune system is more than equipped to cope with. Children come into contact with far more foreign molecules on a daily basis so if that doesn’t overwhelm a system, one single pathogen in the form of a vaccine won’t. (Several Vaccines)

 

As long as other children are vaccinated others don’t need to be.

FALSE, again! These children are actually MORE at risk of developing life-threatening diseases. Immunizations only actually work if a certain number of children have it done! So the more people who rely on others to be vaccinated the lower the level of the ‘herd immunity’ and therefore the higher spread of disease. (Mixing unvaccinated children)

 

Now that major illnesses have largely disappeared, we really don’t need vaccines anymore.

You guessed it again, FALSE. Again, vaccination rates must be very high to stop the spread of viruses and bacteria. While many of those diseases have largely disappeared from first world countries, some third world countries still experience mass outbreaks and since we don’t have closed borders, any disease can travel with any person at anytime bringing it back into societies and causing outbreaks if too many people have not been vaccinated against it.( Disappearing major illnesses)

 

Vaccines cause autism and other disorders

Now I’m going to assume that you’ve seen the general trend that is occurring [WHAT GENERAL TREND – NEVER ASSUME] and from here on out just let you know that all these statements are FALSE.

Piles upon piles of studies have been carried out and all come to the same conclusions WHAT STUDIES?, DONE BY WHO, PUBLISHED WHERE?. There is NO relationships between vaccinations and autism. There is NO relationship between vaccination and ASD. There is NO relationships between autism/ASD and MMR. There is NO relationship between autism/ASD and thimerosal. There is NO relationsip between autism/ASD and mercury. (believe me yet?) (Autism)

OK YOU NEED TO ACCESS AND USE THE PRIMARY SCIENCE PUBLICATIONS, ESPECIALLY THIS CLAIM AS THERE ARE PLENTY AROUND.

The baby might get the disease its supposed to prevent

The majority of vaccines are made with killed versions of the pathogens in them and so is therefore impossible for a person to develop the disease when injected with them. Even those that are made with live pathogens, they are designed so carefully so that it cannot replicate and cause viruses. (Babies and vaccines)

 

Vaccines can contain preservatives that are dangerous

Compounds that were once thought to be harmful in vaccines have been proven not to be. Even so, as a safety precaution, they have been removed from mixture. Mercury in vaccines has been the biggest issues but it has been proven that the environment, water we drink and fish we eat have far higher levels and are actually more dangerous than the miniscule amount put into vaccines. (Vaccines and preservatives)

 

You shouldn’t give a vaccine to a child that has a cold

Being sick will not affect the vaccine effectiveness or cause any more side effects than normal. It is only recommended they wait until they are better so that they don’t have to deal with receiving a vaccine on top of their illness symptoms. (Vaccines and illnesses)

OK YOUR BABY CENTRE REF IS NOT A PRIMARY RESOURCE – THE LINK THEY USE TO A QUALIFIED PEDIATRICIAN WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

http://www.babycenter.com/404_should-immunizations-be-postponed-if-my-child-is-sick_11212.bc

hAVING SAID THAT THE WEBSITE IS A CREDIBLE SOURCE, BUT YOU STILL NEED TO GO TO THE PRIMARY SOURCES TO ENSURE THE WEBSITE IS INTERPRETING ALL THE SCIENCE PROPERLY

We all had chicken pox when we were kids and it wasn’t a big deal

Yes, it is true, for MOST kids chicken pox isn’t a big deal. A little bit of itchiness and a few days in bed is fine for most. But for some kids it can be life threatening, causing serious complications such as pneumonia and dangerous skin conditions. Some people have even died from the chicken pox. It’s a highly contagious disease and so if a whole house is unvaccinated against it, it looks like everybody will be stuck with itchy spots together. And of course, chicken pox can cause birth defects in unborn babies, so while it wasn’t ‘a big deal’ for you, for other it could be potentially fatal. (Chickenpox)

 

Better hygiene and sanitation will make diseases disappear

While better hygiene, sanitation and clean water offer some form of protection against diseases; some will spread not matter how clean we are. Regardless of our sanitation and hygiene, diseases that have been eradicated by vaccines will return if vaccine programs are not continued. (Hygiene and Disease)

 

Vaccine preventable childhood diseases are just an unfortunate fact of life

The key word in ‘vaccine preventable diseases’ is PREVENTABLE, therefore meaning they are not a fact of life. These diseases can actually turn quite serious and lead to severe complications and if this suffering can be prevented by one injection, why wouldn’t you prevent it? (Vaccine Preventable)

 

Influenza is just a nuisance and the vaccine isn’t very effective

Influenza is actually a very serious disease and those with existing conditions are at higher risk of infection and death. The vaccine is effective in that it protects against the couple of most serious flus that are expected to circulate for the year so effectiveness is actually quite high. (Influenza)

 

It is better to be immunized through disease than through vaccines

Immunization does not have a high price for its immunity, unlike receiving immunity through contracting the disease. Sure, you might be covered after having a particular virus but at the expense of birth defects, intellectual disabilities or death. Sounds better right? (Vaccine or death)

 

I think its safe to say that today we have discovered that 99% of the ‘facts’ that come from anti vaccination campaigns are FALSE !

 

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References:

Anon, (2016). [online] Available at: https://iwkfoundation.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/the-truth-about-vaccinations/ [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Autism Speaks. (2016). New Meta-analysis Confirms: No Association between Vaccines and Autism. [online] Available at: https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/new-meta-analysis-confirms-no-association-between-vaccines-and-autism [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Chop.edu. (2016). Vaccine Safety: Immune System and Health | The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. [online] Available at: http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-safety/immune-system-and-health#.Vxq-J2NYnfY [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Google Books. (2016). The Babytalk Insider’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. [online] Available at: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=54eTCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT159&lpg=PT159&dq=We+all+had+chicken+pox+when+we+were+kids+and+it+wasn’t+a+big+deal&source=bl&ots=E6gkyIY27L&sig=4IGwZmjP5St7uh2Ya1-etNRACTc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivttWb8qDMAhWDn5QKHSPIAtsQ6AEINzAE#v=snippet&q=chicken%20pox%20&f=false [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Health, C., Doctor Visits, V., Babies, V. and Team, T. (2016). Is it true that children shouldn’t get vaccinations if they’re sick? | BabyCenter. [online] BabyCenter. Available at: http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-true-that-children-shouldnt-get-vaccinations-if-theyre_10323723.bc [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Historyofvaccines.org. (2016). Top 20 Questions about Vaccination — History of Vaccines. [online] Available at: http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/top-20-questions-about-vaccination#7 [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Offit, P. and Jew, R. (2003). Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Contain Harmful Preservatives, Adjuvants, Additives, or Residuals?. Pediatrics, [online] 112(6), pp.1394-1397. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/112/6/1394 [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Respectful Insolence. (2008). Mixing unvaccinated children with vaccinated children: Whose rights prevail?. [online] Available at: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/08/27/mixing-unvaccinated-children-with-unvacc/ [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

Who.int. (2016). WHO | Six common misconceptions about immunization. [online] Available at: http://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/initiative/detection/immunization_misconceptions/en/index1.html [Accessed 23 Apr. 2016].

 

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One comment on “Debunking that good ol’ anti vaxxer logic

  1. wdrogemu
    June 1, 2016

    A particularly interesting point, the scientist that produced the paper ‘showing the link’ between the MMR vaccine and autism has been shunned, removed form the scientific community and is actually not permitted to publish scientific papers any more.
    It was shown that his results were fudged, he was financially imbursed to present a certain result and he was acting unethically regarding participants.
    This goes over the situation very well
    http://briandeer.com/mmr/lancet-summary.htm

    – William

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