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Beating Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Mentality

Beating Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Mentality
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In the immunization/anti-vaccination debate, one thing is clear: once-eradicated diseases have made tremendous comebacks. Consequently, outbreaks are increasing throughout the world.

Here are concrete steps to inoculate people from disease — and ignorance.

Fact: vaccines work. They are so effective that diseases once responsible for millions of deaths have been wiped off the face of the earth. Are they safe? Absolutely. Is that a 100 percent guarantee? Dumb question, since nothing in life is guaranteed, except taxes, death, and more taxes.

Rejecting vaccines on the naive premise that a safe outcome can’t be guaranteed should come as no surprise. America has become a risk-averse nation where attempts to “sanitize” everything with risk is commonplace, from the sports field to the classroom to the office. But there is risk in everything — you can still die while wearing your seatbelt — so the best we can do is mitigate and play the odds. Nowhere is that more applicable than getting vaccinated.

Paradoxically, anti-vaxxers’ most cited reason for avoiding vaccines is that they lead to autism. Several quick points:

A) No evidence exists that vaccines lead to autism. In fact, just recently, a ten-year study of 650,000 children concluded that there was unequivocally no link, which is the same conclusion set forth in the New England Journal of Medicine.

B) Many anti-vaxxers continue to cite an English doctor’s research concluding the opposite point. But he was stripped of his medical license for acting “irresponsibly and dishonestly” in his study of eight children. That doctor’s irresponsibility set autism research back, gave false hope to parents, and led to plummeting vaccination rates, yet many anti-vaxxers continue to put stock in his discredited theories.

Frustrating as it is not knowing what causes autism, it doesn’t help by stabbing in the dark and looking for something to blame, especially when it results in non-vaccinations based on a faulty premise.

Government-mandated vaccines are undoubtedly a slippery slope. Any time the people willingly give government that level of power, the possibility exists for abuse in the name of “the greater good.” Once government mandates (for anything) are implemented, they almost never go away. So yes, the possibility is real that government will go too far, should it be given the power to mandate vaccines.

But there is a solution. It’s “we the people” exercising our right to call the shots. Along with the free press, we are the ultimate check-and-balance to an oppressive government. It’s our job to ensure it stays within the limits we set. But this is nothing new, as the price of democracy has always been eternal vigilance.

Therefore, vaccinations for measles, mumps, polio, and whooping cough should be mandated as a condition of living in America, since the risk (millions of possible deaths) is so paramount.

But vaccine mandates should not be confused with governmental overreach in other areas, such as in Connecticut, several years ago, when chemotherapy was forcibly injected into a 17-year old girl who didn’t want the treatment. Since cancer isn’t transmittable, and only she was affected, her decision should have been respected.

Contrast that with measles’ 90 percent contagion rate, which jeopardizes newborns and high-risk individuals who cannot be vaccinated, and it’s a no-brainer why mandated vaccinations trump an individual’s rights.

Yet many states still allow parents of schoolchildren to opt out for religious or personal reasons. Why? Having catch-all exemptions defeats the whole purpose of mandatory vaccinations, and weakens the “herd immunity” necessary for effective protection. If vaccines aren’t mandated, then children must be, without exception, home-schooled. It doesn’t fully solve the problem, but it lessens their interaction with others.

Another prime avenue for contagion is flying. Just as identification is required to fly, so too should there be a mandate to show immunization records (especially since flying is a privilege, not a right). Aircraft are the number one vector for spreading communicable diseases globally in mere hours. Let’s wake up to this fact before we all crash and burn.

To be fair, there must be a system to adequately deal with those who have adverse reactions to mandated vaccines. Just as unfunded mandates are inherently unfair, so too would be requiring medical injections with no protections for the individual should something go wrong.

But to harass doctors in coordinated hate campaigns, and claim that the pharmaceutical industry is in conspiratorial cahoots with the FDA, is ridiculous.

Vaccine profits account for a fraction of total pharma revenue. In more practical terms, does anyone really believe that in a social media society, with our insatiable desire to tell the world everything, a conspiracy on that level would stay secret for more than five minutes?

Let’s ensure that once-eradicated diseases not extinguish a single life by upping the dose of common sense in the vaccination debate.

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Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris FreindClick Here Now.

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