I am currently studying medical microbiology. While I have taken courses on this material prior to this, including The Immune System in Health and Disease, thus I have always understood the importance of vaccination and herd immunity, it has hit home so much more in learning in greater depth the true risk you are putting yourself, your children and others at when you refuse to vaccinate yourself or your children. Whooping cough is no minor illness. While the majority will recover, some do suffer deadly complications or suffer lifelong health problems due to the illness. Diptheria, Tetanus, meningitis (H. influenzae type B which is the number one cause of acquired mental retardation in the U.S.) polio, etc. etc. I think there is a real ignorance in relation to what these organisms and the diseases they cause are truly capable of. Death, disfigurement, reduced quality of life and as I previously stated, mental retardation. Not to mention the pain and suffering one must endure when in the acute phase of these diseases. How one can live with themselves knowing they are putting others at such grave risk when such individuals may have chosen for themselves to immunize only to fall victim due to failure of the vaccine and subsequent exposure from someone who couldn't care enough about others to do the research and protect not only themselves, but the rest of us by vaccination. It's almost too hard to believe that one poorly done study that has since been fully debunked has caused so much damage. With all that said, I agree with you 100% Mr. Ropeik. Educate the public and institute real consequences for putting public health at risk.
Some people think there are side effects from vaccines. Perhaps that they contribute to autism. The medical establishment says this is foolishness. They say there is nothing wrong with vaccines. Some suggest if we refuse to take them, we should be forced.
I smell trouble.
But I guess I can sleep soundly at night knowing the the medical establishment has never been wrong about anything. Goodnight.
And sleep tight.
"This is not a call to create more government to intrude further into our lives."
Really? Because it seems like that's exactly what you're advocating. You're asking for the government to require that all individuals take all vacines offered,thus eliminating the need for people to consider their own personal well being. The government does not neccesarily know best and if an individual has a right to anything, it should be the right to decide what chemicals are pumped into their bodies.
That being said, I agree with you in the sense that diseases such as the whooping cough and the measals should be guarded against. But how far are we willing to go to protect ourselves? I personally am not ready to tread on another person's rights, but it sounds like you are.
The government has gotten it wrong, far too many times, to be trusted with coercive power over our health. They can't even get their dietary advice right. They wrongly pushed margarine over butter for decades and they're still pushing unhealthy lowfat diets (which caused the obesity epidemic). So why should we trust them with the power of mandatory vaccination?
Yes, my kids are vaccinated. I did my homework, I fortified their diet (cod liver oil, grassfed butter, etc) to prepare for the stresses of vaccination, and I spread out the vaccines rather than letting them be given all at once, but I did get them vaccinated. By INFORMED CONSENT, not coercion.
Indeed, there's one vaccine that I desperately want for my family, that the government refuses to release to civilians: Smallpox - because I'm 99.999% sure that some terrorist will release that disease again someday. I'm not alone in this; 60% of the population would volunteer for smallpox vaccination if the government allowed it. But in this case, NON-vaccination is the product of government coercion.
Enough is enough. Stop the coercion.
Leave it to the soul-less unnaccountable federal government and shills like Ropeik to preach to you about how you should behave in a free society. Ropeik demonstrates just enough intelligence to qualify as an ice cream truck driver, although I would never trust him around my or anyone else's kids (his judgement of relative risk is far detached from reality and as a result, he himself poses the greatest risk to human life). The simple fact is that vaccines in general are unnecessary, except for 3 to 5 depending on where in the world one lives. The problem for the big taxpayer drug companies and the bloated federal tax-gobbling agencies that regulate them is that there are new "vaccines" being invented and brought to market every year that MUST BE SOLD if the drug company-congress-CDC liason is to continue to grow fatter. Remember this is not YOUR problem- it is THEIRS. So what happens? More useless vaccines are added to the CDC recommended list every few years thanks to the drugs lobbyist bribes, and doctors are coerced by their government regulators and insurance payers (with vaccination compliance bonus payments) to sell the unnecessary vaccines along side the necessary ones. This practice has become so blatant and irresponsible that several of the necessary vaccines are now only available packaged with the unnecessary ones as multiple vaccine injections. Oh, you want your infant to be vaccinated for pertussis (whooping cough)? Wellllll, you can only get it in the US in the combined Prevnar injection which also includes the entirely unneccesary vaccines for HiB (less than 25 cases /yr), Polio (zero cases/year for the past 30 yrs), Tetanus (unheard of in children under 5 yrs old), and Diptheria (eradicated in the US, less than 100 cases in the past 30 years). This is just one area in which Ropeik is ignorant and fails to follow his own criteria for defining risk. While yes, there is a hazard of sickness if exposed to these four viruses/bacteria, there is almost ZERO risk of exposure in the western hemisphere. Ropeik's tirade on cell phone EMR risk is equally incompetent. Ha ha ha ha harvard...your ignorant adjunct faculty member is an embarrassment to you and should be driving a truck, not instructing informed people how to live.
I see that you have already axed Ropeik - "He is a former Instructor" of a risk communication(continuing ed class).
*He is a former Instructor of risk communication at the Harvard School of Public Health.
*He is an Instructor in the Harvard University School of Continuing Education, Environmental Management program.
Read carefully, they are two different Schools. Read carefully how he is currently an instructor at one and was an instructor at the other. Read. Carefully.
If you would like, you can take his class online! This was copied from Harvard University Extension School's website. It was not at all difficult for me to find the information, I found it rather quickly in fact!
http://www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/subject/environmental-studies Click on COURSES. Then click on Science and environmental studies. It will produce a drop down list. Click on Environmental studies. Hit Control F to bring up your *Find* box - type in Ropeik. You will see the following...
Spring term (22435)
David P. Ropeik, MSJ, Consultant in Risk Communication.
Class times: Thursdays beginning Jan. 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Course tuition: noncredit $1,025, undergraduate credit $1,025, graduate credit $1,950.
Online option available.
You can read on for a description of the course. In the interest of space I figured you could handle that bit.
Ropeik is a tool, a useless idiot of the "Government is the answer to everything mentality." I've heard this tripe before. It came out of Nazi Germany. This man is dangerous and his mindset is dangerous. Don't be fooled by his Degrees or his "Higher Learning" he advocates Fascist ideology. First he states a percieved catastrophy, then states the answer as government mandate to control the masses. Key statements:"We MUST act in the face of this threat.." "protect us from the actions of others", "We MAKE them stop." This tool never mentioned the potential cause of outbreaks: Illegal aliens / immigrants bringing these diseases in from other countries. Don't be fooled by this useful idiot, he is a threat to your freedoms. This liberal mindset has eaten away at our national fabric like a cancer for decades. The Government Pharmaceutical Complex is hard at work to reduce the populations through this ideology.
It's not the vaccines in themselves that are necessarily bad. It's the other things, the ingredients that are included.
A lot of pro vaccination people say that are for informed decisions, but when someone makes a decision upon being truly informed about these things, (face it, these chemicals ARE known to be harmful) and decides to opt out, they get ridiculed, and now starting to be threatened with child abuse or jail time.
Not to mention knowing how vaccinations actually work - they wear off, thus needing more injections later (and thus more exposure to these nasty chemicals), they don't always work anyway, etc.
Why I will refuse to give vaccine to my my child? Explanation is all backed up by MEDIA (mainstream media not a "holistic news" type media). 2 examples that I know in person.
1. HPV vaccine was no longer recommended in Japan after causing infertility in women and complications as such.(google this info)
2.2009. H1N1 Vaccine caused worldwide NARCOLEPSY IN CHILDREN! (Google up)
3.Latest study said that prolonged flu shots does cause body to fail fighting larger infections.Was at Canadian news channel CTV News.
4.My Co-worker got a adverse reaction to Twinrix vaccine and up in a hospital and month off work.
5.My friend decided to emigrate to US.Their 4 years daughter received all Canadian shots.When they moved they were told that those shots are void.So she received all American vaccines and guess what? She is diagnosed as Autistic after receiving all those shots! Prior to that there was no signs.
6. Vaccine manufactures in US signed agreement with US Gov. that they will be "immune" to lawsuits as adverse effects arise.
7.There is not a SINGLE LONG TERM STUDY that follows what is going with you after you receive the shot.None zilch!
8. Is we are capable of putting a fine print on food products why can not we do it on vaccines?
There are some vaccines that I will administer into the body mine or anyone's body:
TBC(tuberculosis), Polio,Small Pox, MMR(mumps rubella measles). Once you see advertisement on the public transportation, run away from that shot...those are the one you should be worried.
David Ropeik is the author of How Risky Is It, Really?, an Instructor at Harvard University Extension School, and a risk-communication consultant.