Vaccines are largely safe, but for thousands of people (and not just children) they aren’t. Every year people die from vaccines or acquire debilitating diseases like Guillain–Barré syndrome. This is entirely separate from the hundreds of thousands of children who have regressed and began displaying autism symptoms directly after receiving a vaccine. It doesn’t matter that the “studies” have indicated no causation because no other explanation for these regressions has been found and the most widely heralded studies themselves are done in such a way that any correlations are minimized. Meanwhile, studies done both here and abroad that pose potentially useful questions about how to improve safety are squelched and treated as bogus.

The US has a special court for hearing vaccine injury cases, since you are forbidden from suing a pharmaceutical company directly. The CDC owns vaccines patents. It’s hardly a system that inspires confidence.

I agree with you that women have learned that they shouldn’t necessarily trust doctors, but it’s not just in a general sense; it’s in this very specific sense. All it takes is having one friend or acquaintance or hearing one terrible story. Rather than working to make vaccines safer or try to determine underlying genetic issues that might not interact well with vaccines, the industry continues to trumpet how safe they are and to disregard the lives of those who have been harmed as an acceptable risk.

I’m sure I’ll get some nasty comments for saying all of this, but I am not anti-vaccine. However, I am anti-harming a portion of the public as acceptable risk while not even attempting to make that risk smaller.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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