One of the most polarizing topics today outside the realm of politics is the topic of vaccination. There’s a lot of support out there both for and against vaccination, but there’s also a lot of misinformation flying around we feel it’s part of our duty to present the facts related to vaccines to people can make decisions for themselves based on these facts. Here are some key facts to consider:
Breast Milk Does Not Provide The Same Protection As Vaccines
One argument that’s often seen is that breast milk provides everything needed by a baby to protect it from illnesses like measles or other viruses that are deadly to newborns. This is in fact, false. While breast milk does do a lot to boost the immune system of the baby drinking it, it doesn’t raise it to the level that would make a baby completely immune to disease.
This is only emphasized by the fact that recently, an 11-month old baby whose parents said no to a measles vaccine fell into a coma after getting infected. This, unfortunately, ties in with the rising number of measles cases in the UK, where the family is from. So remember, while breast milk is best for babies, it isn’t a guaranteed immunity from disease!
Herd immunity is what’s used to explain how vaccination protects people who have allergies to certain vaccines and therefore can’t receive them. To put it simply, if a large enough percentage of the population is vaccinated, the people who can’t receive those vaccines will receive a measure of protection as the likelihood of the disease spreading and reaching them is reduced significantly.
The argument that anti-vaccine supporters go with is that it’s ok for them to not vaccinate because of herd immunity. The problem is that the more anti-vaccination supporters refuse vaccinations, the weaker herd immunity becomes. This is why herd immunity should exclusively benefit people who are allergic to the vaccines and therefore can’t receive them.
One of the constant topics discussed in vaccination forums are the ingredients. There are a lot of arguments about how some of the ingredients are actually poisonous and, by using vaccines, we’re poisoning our kids. When one does check the ingredients for certain vaccines, some questionable ingredients (such as ones banned for use in certain countries) do show up on the ingredients list.
That’s only half of the story though. One element that’s overlooked is the quantity of those substances. Often times, when an ingredient is banned for use, especially for medical purposes, they are rarely banned outright, but rather have a volume threshold; a threshold that guarantees that the amount will not be harmful to the human body. There is no actively used vaccine that foes over the thresholds set for any of their ingredients.
In the end, people will formulate their own conclusions on the whole pro and anti vaccination debate. What we feel is important is that whether for or against, your stance is based on actual facts rather than “alternative” facts, made to suit a narrative. Remember, the key to winning any scientific debate is based on credible research from recognized, verified sources!