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Advocates Rallying for Vaccines

Have you ever been to a vaccine rally?

Vaccine advocates at a support rally in Minnesota.
Vaccine advocates at a support rally in Minnesota.

Why would you…

Advocates Rallying for Vaccines

Well, as some folks have gotten to protesting against vaccines, it is becoming important that the rest of us show our support for vaccines, something that many of us have long taken for granted.

Protesting against vaccines is now a thing.
Protesting against vaccines is now a thing.

If we don’t, the very vocal minority who are against vaccines are going to use their voice to influence legislators to weaken vaccine laws and put all of our kids at risk.

Vaccine advocates in Texas.
Vaccine advocates in Texas.

More of us need to speak up and advocate for vaccines.

Vaccine advocates speaking up in support of a vaccine bill in California.
Vaccine advocates speaking up in support of a vaccine bill in California.

After all, the great majority of us vaccinate our kids and get ourselves vaccinated and protected.

Strong vaccine laws protect kids in Maine.

And we are starting to make sure everyone knows that they want strong vaccine laws that protect their kids.

Vaccine advocates making sure their voice is heard at the Capital in California.
Vaccine advocates making sure their voice is heard at the Capital in California.

Especially our legislators who can pass laws that will keep our kids safe from vaccine preventable diseases.

Advocates at the March for Science reminded folks about the importance of vaccines.
Advocates at the March for Science reminded folks about the importance of vaccines.

Vaccine preventable diseases that will come back if more and more parents don’t vaccinate their kids, which becomes easier if vaccine laws are weakened.

We choose to send our kids to schools free of vaccine-preventable diseases.
We choose to send our kids to schools free of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines are safe, with few risks.

Vaccines are necessary to protect our kids.

Vaccines are necessary to protect our kids.

Got Smallpox?

Are you ready to pick up a sign?

This kid should also thank his parents for making sure he was vaccinated and protected!
This kid should also thank his parents for making sure he was vaccinated and protected!

Or are you at least ready to call your legislators?

Don’t let those who don’t support vaccines put your kids at risk.

Don’t let them put my kids at risk.

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Begun the Vaccine Wars Has

Star Wars imagery has long been a part about discussions about vaccines…

Parents of Earth, are your children fully immunized?
Remember this poster about vaccines?

Unfortunately, it has seeped its way into the other side too…

Begun the Vaccine Wars Has

The other side?

“It’s a trap!” – Admiral Ackbar

Yes, there are folks who are against getting kids vaccinated and protected and for some reason, they identify with the Dark Side of the Force.

“Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

Does that mean vaccine advocates are the Jedi in this scenario?

“In my experience there is no such thing as luck.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi

However this plays out, let’s just hope vaccine hesitant parents aren’t stuck on Alderan…

“Somebody has to save our skins.”

Leia Organa

Vaccines are safe, with few risks, and are obviously necessary.

Let’s help them see through the misinformation and propaganda of those trying to scare them away from vaccinating and protecting their kids.

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Is MRC-5 the Name of an Electively Aborted Baby Boy?

Why do anti-vax folks think that MRC-5 is the name of an electively aborted baby boy who is an ingredient in vaccines?

MRC-5 is the name of a cell line that is used to make some vaccines.
Since many think that we have a “moral obligation to protect the life and health” of our children and those around us, what does that make those folks who use propaganda to scare parents away from getting their kids vaccinated and protected.

Of course…

Is MRC-5 the Name of an Electively Aborted Baby Boy?

So what’s the real story?

MRC-5 is a line of human diploid cells that are used to make some vaccines.

“The second human cell line is MRC-5 (Medical Research Council 5) (human, lung, embryonic) (ATCC number CCL-171), with human lung fibroblasts coming from a 14 week male foetus aborted for “psychiatric reasons” from a 27 year old woman in the UK. MRC-5 was prepared and developed by J.P. Jacobs in 1966 (J.P. Jacobs et al, 1970).”

Vatican Statement on Vaccines Derived From Aborted Human Fetuses

And despite what the sign implies, vaccines do not contain aborted fetal tissue or fetal parts.

The original MRC-5 cells aren’t even involved in making vaccines anymore. The cells used today have been copied, over and over again.

They are descendant cells, which is why a common way to explain all of this is to say that vaccines are said to have a “distant association with abortion.”

“It should be obvious that vaccine use in these cases does not contribute directly to the practice of abortion since the reasons for having an abortion are not related to vaccine preparation.”

The Question of Parental Rights and Mandated Vaccinations

And even then, the cells are removed before the final vaccine is produced.

“Many Catholic experts concur that cooperation today is not really possible in an event that was over and done with many years ago. Because the abortion occurred long ago, and for reasons completely unrelated to vaccines, it is untenable to conclude that vaccine recipients today somehow cooperate in the original abortive event.”

The Morality of Vaccinating Our Children

So what about MRC-5 cells is keeping you from vaccinating and protecting your kids?

Vaccines are safe, with few risks, and are obviously necessary, preventing millions of deaths each year.

Don’t let someone holding an anti-vax sign to scare you away from making the right choice to vaccinate and protect your family.

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The Missing Information That Big Pharma Won’t Tell You About Vaccines

Do you know why some folks still don’t vaccinate and protect their kids, even as we are seeing more and more outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases?

Why don't anti-vax folks have to give informed consent?
Why don’t anti-vax folks have to give informed consent?

Yup.

They are in on the “missing information” about vaccines that the rest of us don’t seem to know about…

The Missing Information That Big Pharma Won’t Tell You About Vaccines

Of course, we all know about this “missing information.”

It is the misinformation about vaccines that anti-vax folks spread to scare parents and make them think that vaccines are dangerous, don’t work, and aren’t necessary.

“We feel that there’s things that public health are not telling the people and these are facts that are not well known. That are not given. So it’s not misinformation, it’s missing information. And there’s always two sides and more to information that should be given to all of us, right? We should be getting fully informed consent, right?”

not an anti-vaccine protestor

What else can you call this missing information?

How about alternative facts?

They certainly aren’t true facts about vaccines or vaccine-preventable diseases.

And that makes it ironic that they talk about getting fully informed consent.

You can’t get or give fully informed consent if you are misleading people, as these folks do with their “not protesting” signs about vaccines.

After vaccines became "liability free" you had to first sue in Vaccine Court.
After vaccines became “liability free” you had to first sue in Vaccine Court.

Take the sign about doses of vaccines tripling after they became liability free.

Is that true?

Of course not.

For one thing, as most people know, vaccines are not liability free.

But for the sake of argument, let’s try and think about what they are trying to say.

They are implying that ‘we’ tripled the number of vaccine doses after the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which set up the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Of course that didn’t happen.

What's missing from the anti-vax protestors sign? That the immunization schedule hardly changed in the 1980s.
What’s missing from the anti-vax protestors sign? That the immunization schedule hardly changed in the 1980s.
This sign is missing information on years of development and testing that occur before a vaccine is approved.

Most new vaccines weren’t added to the immunization schedule until the late 1990s and after.

Their other sign covers a few different anti-vax talking points – that vaccines are only tested for 4.5 days and that vaccines aren’t tested as thoroughly as drugs.

Of course, neither are true.

As you do even a little research on these kind of immunization signs, you can see that the “missing information” they are talking about is simply more anti-vax misinformation.

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