Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Anti-Vaxxers : You’re not only hurting yourself

In my previous blog I spoke about how the ‘herd’ can protect those that have not been vaccinated due to medical/ serious reasons.

However some may believe, just because majority of the population is vaccinated. That they are also protected and don’t need to get vaccinated.

This is not the case. Despite, vaccination playing a significant role in protection against disease, its not 100% effective. Meaning that there’s still a chance that someone that has already been vaccinated, could in fact contract the disease.

Furthermore those that haven’t been vaccinated are more susceptible of contracting and falling ill as a result. And even worse be the cause of the spread of the disease.

I am all for choice, whether it be religious choice, personal choice, whatever.

 

However, I don’t believe the freedom of choice should not be given in every situation. Especially, in situations where one may cause harm to themselves and those around them.

 

In my opinion that’s when freedom of choice, should no longer be a choice.

 

The most recent controversy was that MMR (the measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine caused autism.

 

This ‘new spoken knowledge’ caused chaos, all because of a single article published in British medical journal Nature.

In this article the author Andrew Wakefield linked MMR (the measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines with autism and bowl disease. This was based largely on poor science, and unfortunately spread like wildfire.

It was later reported, by the Sunday times, that Wakefield was a conflict of interest , and that he was accepting financial benefits . In addition there was new information that was further brought to light. That the parents of the 12 children that took part in the study were, recruited by UK lawyers that were preparing a lawsuit against MMR manufactures.

 

When these new findings surfaced, Andrew was discredited and stripped of his medical degree.

Despite his claims being discredited, there are individuals out there that still believe in his claims and thus refuse to vaccinate their children.

 

Some anti-vaccinators argue that vaccines contain toxic ingredients like aluminum and mercury.

 

Is true that high concentrations of mercury and aluminum can be toxic, however the concentrations of these substances in vaccines are not harmful.

 

In a study it was also found that vaccines that lacked aluminum were less effective.

In reality there’s cons to nearly everything we take, whether it be something minor like panadaol can give you side effects like liver damage (in the long run), skin rashes etc.

 

As logical individuals We need to weigh the pros and cons, then decide for ourselves on the right thing to do.

Despite it being a no brainer, in this particular situation.

 

Yes you may experience a weakened version of the symptoms of the disease when vaccinated. But in the long run, this will help you.

During this process your immune system will store memory of the ‘infection’ and will fight it at a faster rate if faced with it in the future.

 

I personally have seen the horrors of not vaccinating.

My cousin’s daughter came down with symptoms of Meningococcal. By the time she was diagnosed there was nothing that could have been done, and sadly she passed away.

 

This moment in particular was an eye opener for my family and me.

Meningococcal is a vaccine preventable disease. As you can imagine this made the grieving process more difficult.

So why wait till you or your loved ones are struck by death, so you can understand the importance of vaccination and prevention against diseases.
 

(p.s i can’t insert my pictures click on the link for full blog on word)

blog 3 final

 

Referencing

Csicop.org. (2016). The Anti-Vaccination Movement – CSI. [online] Available at: http://www.csicop.org/si/show/anti-vaccination_movement

Google.com.au. (2016). anti vaccination .org – Google Search. [online] Available at: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=anti+vaccination+.org&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0t9L2isrMAhWDq6YKHS5iBBwQ_AUICSgD&biw=1440&bih=664#tbm=isch&q=anti+vaccination&imgrc=KnRdNOJKC5ufkM%3A    [image]

 Historyofvaccines.org. (2016). History of Anti-vaccination Movements — History of Vaccines. [online] Available at: http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/history-anti-vaccination-movements

 Liunatic, R. (2015). Anti-Vaxxers: A Danger to Themselves and Everyone Else. [online] Sites.psu.edu. Available at: http://sites.psu.edu/whothehelldoyouthinkiam/2015/02/19/anti-vaxxers-a-danger-to-themselves-and-everyone-else/ 

Meningococcal Australia. (2016). The Facts. [online] Available at: http://www.meningococcal.org.au/new-page-1/#signs

Wikipedia. (2016). Andrew Wakefield. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wakefield

Wikipedia. (2016). Paracetamol. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracetamol#cite_note-Henderson-56 [Accessed 8 May 2016].

 

 

 

 

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