Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7 Myths About Vaccination

If you’re a parent, chances are you have already examined relevant immunization schedules.
But have you stopped for a second to ask yourself: What’s a vaccine, anyway? Why does my child need it? Are myth dangers of vaccines grounded in reality?

A vaccine contains an antigen that aims to induce a response from the immune system, and in turn, to make it produce antibodies; a metaphorical wall, if you will.
The procedure is there to acquaint the antigen with the immune system, so the body knows how to identify and combat it in the future.

Vaccination has been the subject of a very heated debate, one that has been ongoing for many, many years at this point. A lot of researches were done on this topic. The information was kindly provided by Eduzaurus. It's time to debunk some vaccine myths.

Myth 1 – They can provoke diseases.
Verdict: Somewhat true.
Most vaccines aren't capable of causing a disease since they don't include any live agents. (Some do, however, and present severe risks to everyone involved through vaccine shedding.)
They’re either live or weakened to the point of not being dangerous to a healthy person, but they're capable of provoking side effects, ones that closely resemble the disease itself. Fun, right?

In either case, you need to pay close attention to any injection that includes a live agent: tuberculosis, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), polio, chicken pox, etc.
Think of it as surgery, you need to be completely healthy to get through it without any complication, and even then, it is always subject to other factors.

Myth 2 – It is 100% effective.
Verdict: False.
One of the common myths about vaccines is their effectiveness, another heated subject of debate.
The effectiveness of a simple fluvaccine is under question, what is there to say about more infectious diseases?

Throughout history, outbreaks of polio, mumps, chicken pox (among others) were observed even in inoculated populations.
A curious note, the formula used for efficacy calculations is based on the population size, and it's very to easy misinterpret data. There is also a difference between efficacy and effectiveness.

No matter how it is made, either out of a living virus or a weakened/dead one, the effectiveness of them is never 100%, and there are many health hazards involved.
Not to mention, many associated factors play in its efficacy: age, prior exposure, time after the injection, mode of delivery, state of the agent (live & weakened), chemical composition.

If they help build up immunity, why are people still required to get a new shot each year?

Myth 3 – They are the sole reason for low disease rates.
Verdict: False.
Realities are always different.

According to the British Science Association, in the US alone, child disease rates have dropped 90% between 1940 and 1950, in conjunction with advances in sanitation, eating habits, better (and less crowded) living conditions. That happened way before mandatory vaccinations were even a thing.

As is evident, vaccinations took a backseat to putting a lid on horrific infectious diseases of the 20th century, even though they get constantly attributed to it.

Myth 4 – The process is based on the theory of immunization.
Verdict: That part is true.
And it’s been clinically proven that antibodies do form in the recipient, but it’s unclear whether this process actually helps to build up immunity in a positive way.

Another interesting detail is referred to as herd immunity, the main gist of it is as follows: if the majority of the populace is inoculated, then everyone else is protected from the disease by proxy. As a throwback to a previous myth, there were outbreaks within inoculated populace (measles is a prime example of such a disease).
As it stands, residents have become unwilling participants in a nation-wide gambling game. Countless people wouldn't even think about taking part, had they known details of said game from the start.

Myth 5 – All child diseases are very dangerous.
Verdict: False.
Most of childhood diseases have little to no repercussions.
Almost every child disease is benign and helps to develop an immunity for life. In fact, the temporary effect vaccines bring is likely to bring more problems in the future.

The efficiency of modern chicken pox medication is estimated to be 5-10 years. If that's the case, it will delay the vulnerability phase into adulthood, and create an additional health concern in the future.

Myth 6 – Vaccination details are always kept under wraps to make parents participate in questionable medical practices.
Verdict: True.

This entire vaccination process is capable of damaging children in couple way. Live or weakened viruses can cause the disease vaccine is actively trying to prevent. And main damage usually comes from the increased toxicity of ingredients vaccines are usually based on.
It’s not uncommon for vaccines to cause an allergic response; be it from the vaccine itself or by its adjuvants.

Antigens cause a neurological response, potentially damaging the nervous system and causing mild (sometimes severe) learning disabilities and disorders.

Medicine is very profitable for pharmaceutical companies, obviously. If you have any preconceived notions about vaccines and their efficacy, it’s time to throw them out the window.

Vaccines are a cause of many deaths and health complications. They continue to be a financial drain for many families all over the globe, especially those who don’t have easier access to vital information.

Myth 7 – There are no “bad” ingredients.
Verdict: False.
No debunking would be complete without a rundown of hazardous chemicalsroutinely used by pharmaceuticals. These components have been a subject of many studies.

Four of those are posing a significant health threat. Negative components in question are – aluminum, phenol, formaldehyde, and thimerosal (a mercury-containing antiseptic).
Aluminum is a carcinogenic neurotoxin capable of causing severe damage.
Phenol is in, at least, 5 US-licensed medications (two of which are oriented at children). The compound was previously used as part of a lethal injection during WW2.
Mercury itself is considered to be the 2nd most toxic element on the planet. Yet, almost half of thimerosal is exactly just that. Since when did it become normal to inoculate infants with such a compound?
Formaldehyde is classed as a carcinogen, but the main reason for including seems to be the fact that it can be found in a human organism as a byproduct of metabolism.


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