Is natural immunity – the kind of immunity you get from actually getting a disease – better than immunity from a vaccine?
All things being equal, sure.
Unfortunately, all things aren’t equal when it comes to the question of natural immunity vs ‘artificial’ immunity. Vaccines are safe and have few serious side effects, while vaccine-preventable diseases are life-threatening and can leave survivors with serious disabilities.
For most of us there is no question. Our kids are fully vaccinated and we are very glad that they have artificial immunity against measles, Hib, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B, etc.
And people shouldn’t get confused about natural immunity. It doesn’t mean that you just wake up one day have immunity against a disease one day naturally. You have to earn that immunity, by getting sick with the disease and hoping you don’t have any complications, some of which can be life-threatening.
For more information:
- Immunity : Natural and Acquired
- Natural Immunity
- Immunity Types
- Vaccines and the Immune System
- Passive Immunization
- The suffering the search for “natural immunity” inflicts on children
- The horrible consequences of seeking “natural” immunity