For some time now, there has been debate about the effectiveness and adverse reactions of vaccines.
Groups such as Doctors Against Vaccines have researched and put together an amazing amount of information and made it available to all of us internet users. I reiterate, us internet users, because although some alternative sources of radio and television exist where these facts are told to the people, mainstream media focuses on the other version, where vaccines are seen as safe, reliable and necessary.
On on Mountain View Patch there is mention to the fact that 30% of the children are still not vaccinated. Let’s suppose the parents of those children are all concerned about the vaccine being safe for their kids and they have submitted their exemption document. That is a big chunk of our community folks and although it remains a minority, their concerns and understandings should be explored and addressed by the community as a whole.
This is definitely a touchy subject for it involves our children and their safety and health. If the vaccines are safe and effective, their efficacy might drop by not having every kid vaccinated. However, if the vaccines are unsafe and harmful or not efficient, having our children vaccinated might not be a good idea.
In any case, what are the facts?
There is no proof vaccinated children are healthier. No studies on vaccines long term side effects have been done or published at least.
More and more health practitioners have started speaking against vaccination. Most of the cases where injury is related to vaccinations, go unreported and are catalogued as something else.
There are many more facts available on the internet. Since we are in the heart of Silicon Valley, we have very few excuses to get information.
Nowadays most of us own a computer or have access to one giving us the power, but also the responsibility to inform ourselves and stop relying on mainstream.
There is a lot more to read and research about the subject, at least for me, before I can feel knowledgeable enough to make the right decision about my kids getting the vaccines or not, therefore I can’t recommend parents to avoid or go for the vaccine.
However, I hope that at least the few facts I brought up to your attention are strong enough to incite some kind of research or awareness from your part, and hopefully, it can be shared with us all , so we can learn and grow as a community.