As anti-vaccine folks get more attention because of the rise in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease, in addition to more folks getting vaccinated, we are seeing some of the leaders of the anti-vaccine movement get more vocal.
Meetings, dinners, rallies…
Ask 8 Questions Before You Skip a Vaccine
If you see any of these folks, ask them a few questions…
- If Andrew Wakefield was right, and the MMR vaccine is associated with autism, then why are you worried about thimerosal? The MMR vaccine never contained thimerosal…
- If Robert F. Kennedy, Jr is right, and it is all about thimerosal, then why are you worried about the MMR vaccine? The MMR vaccine never contained thimerosal…
- If you are worried about thimerosal and aluminum, then why are you worried about the MMR vaccine? Not only has it never contained thimerosal, as a live vaccine, but it has also never contained aluminum.
- If vaccines are associated with autism, then why don’t the counties with the highest immunization rates have the highest rates of autism?
- If better hygiene and sanitation got rid of vaccine-preventable diseases, then why didn’t it do it for all diseases at the same time? And why hasn’t it gotten rid of RSV, Ebola, Zika, HIV, Norovirus, and all of the diseases that we don’t have vaccines for?
- If measles is so mild, then during the measles epidemics from 1989 to 1991 in the United States, why were 11,000 people hospitalized and why did 123 people die?
- If you are concerned about vaccines that have a distant association with abortion, then why don’t you vaccinate your kids with all of the vaccines that don’t use WI-38 and MRC-5 cells lines?
- If your arguments are so solid, then why do you need to keep moving the goalposts (it’s autoimmune diseases they are worried about now, not autism) and why are they so easy to refute (vaccines aren’t associated with autoimmune diseases either)?
The answers will be predictable.
They will revolve around three basic core beliefs of the anti-vaccine movement.
- The belief that vaccines are toxic, full of poison, and always cause damage and injuries.
- The belief that vaccine-preventable diseases are mild and you are better off getting natural immunity.
- The belief that vaccines don’t even work.
Is that what you believe?
Are you going to put our kids at risk because you believe those things?
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