Some Facts About Vaccines

I compiled these facts about vaccines and share them here in hopes you will find the information and citations useful in discussions about the subject.


Update – California Bills 276 and 714 relate to children’s medical exemptions from vaccines. A lot of incorrect information is passed around about them.

Facts: Neither bill eliminates legitimate medical exemptions written by a doctor. They do not eliminate exemption if a child has had problems with past immunizations. They do not limit doctors to only five exemptions per year, though if someone writes more than that, they are audited and must provide documentation to back up their decisions. This is to prevent quack doctors from issuing hundreds of exemptions for the fees.


False Claim:
As many people are harmed by vaccines as are harmed by the diseases they prevent.

Fact:
The CDC reports that out of 25 million people vaccinated, 33 individuals had allergic reactions. None of those reactions were fatal.


False Claim:
The contagious diseases aren’t that serious.

Fact:
The contagious diseases killed and maimed billions of people, often children, before there was a way to prevent them.


False Claim:
The old diseases aren’t around any more. Vaccines are no longer needed.

Fact:
The current measles outbreak in the US and a whooping cough outbreak in Japan happened for the same reason. People became complacent because vaccines were preventing the diseases. As soon as enough people stopped vaccinations, the diseases began to return.


False Claim:
If a person stays home while he or she is sick, the disease won’t be spread.

Fact:
Diseases incubate for a number of days before the host begins to feel ill, and they are infectious during this time.

You will also feel well for a number of days after the disease seems to be over, even though the virus or bacteria is still present in your system. You can spread it during these days, too. This is why doctors insist you finish an antibiotics prescription. Every last bacteria cell must be destroyed.


False Claim:
If a people eat a healthful, organic diet, they are immune to disease.

Fact:
A healthful diet is certainly a good thing and will boost your immune system, but it will not make you immune to disease. In 1918, when the Spanish Flu outbreak began, most diets were organic and, in developed countries, fairly well balanced. More than today, when junk food, processed food, pesticides, and herbicides are ubiquitous. Despite that, 20 to 50 million people died and 500 million were infected. A good diet is a good thing but it does not replace the immunity a vaccine provides.


False Claim:
The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism.

Fact:
The doctor who started that rumor lost his license for falsifying his study results. Many studies have been done since, and there is no link between vaccines and autism.

Unfortunately, autism is often first diagnosed at about the age a child is getting vaccinated. That makes it easy for a parent to assign blame where none exists. Frauds like Wakefield don’t help. He’s still lying about medical results today.


False Claim:
I caught the flu from the flu vaccine.

Fact:
The flu vaccine is a dead vaccine. You cannot come down with the flu because of it.

You may have gotten the vaccine too late – you could have been incubating the flu without knowing it when you got vaccinated. Or, since the vaccines are given at pharmacies and doctors’ offices where sick people gather, you may have caught a cold or different strain of flu from one of the people there. Wash your hands carefully when you’ve been to a high-contagion area. Even change your clothes and take a shower when you get home. Cleanliness matters.


False Claim:
Pharmaceutical companies have settled a lot of lawsuits related to vaccines. That means they know the vaccines are harmful.

Fact:
Large companies often settle lawsuits in civil court because that is cheaper than fighting them over the course of years. A civil court is different than a criminal court, and settling a case is not an indication of guilt or lack of guilt.

Scientists have run many, many, many studies and as is noted above, documented reactions are extremely rare.


False Claim:
Most Americans think vaccines should be optional.

Fact:
Between 70-80% of US citizens want vaccines to be mandatory for children who will attend public school.

September 12, 2019

Facts About Vaccines

Facts About Vaccines


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