2 thoughts on “LINKS: The History of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

  1. I think one needs to do homework more now than ever before. Tried and true is often the case. For example, aspirin is safer than Vioxx. Research seems to indicate that vaccines that have been around for a long time — diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and similar — have a long history of being safe and effective. Plus not everything is good for every person, and not every person faces equal risks. Risks can mean either your risk of being exposed to disease or your risk of reacting badly to the drug. If you’re a school teacher, constantly exposed to sick children, you probably need more protection than the novelist sitting alone at home. If you have a history of violent reactions to new medication, the risk is taking a new medication. The problem now is that, since doctors are limited in what they’re allowed to do and how much time they can spend, things tend to be turned into cookie-cutter diagnoses. And if you’re on Medicare, a diagnosis has a medicine or treatment specified if you want it to be covered — this problem gets this treatment, period. Cipro (an antibiotic) has saved a lot of lives, but it almost killed my mother last year, and I know others who have had bad reactions. So there is not really a yes or now answer for this issue, but rather an each person has to pay close attention not only to their own reactions but also to the news about each drug or treatment option, because there is no “one size fits all.” My approach is to always choose nutrition over medicine, whenever it’s an option. But I’ve still had vaccinations against the major illness.


    • I tend to think the idea of vaccines is a good one as long as the vaccines are tested properly and the manufacturers who are often times in bed with the FDA and other governmental agencies are honest–here is where the shoe pinches. Honesty is not considered the virtue it once was. Profit often means more than safety.

      I once had a severe blood clot and was told by the doctors that they could no longer use a drug because profiteers in the US and South America were fighting over one of the key ingredients. Yet, without profits there would be little incentive for research.

      And then there are the doctors who are harassed and shut down for curing certain types of cancers . . . I watch too many documentaries!


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