The Vaccine Controversy / by kevin murray

First, what is a vaccine and why is it important for our health?  In order to combat harmful and dangerous germs and pathogens, your body is inoculated with a serum, this vaccination will contain a defused version of the pathogen, which will mobilize your T-cells and your B-cells to respond to it as if your body was being attacked by a dangerous foreign invader, in which by so doing this will provide you with immunity against the real disease, should your body ever come into contact with it.  Because of vaccination, diseases such as smallpox, polio, measles, and diphtheria have been essentially eliminated from all those people that have been immunized from these known destructive and harmful pathogens.  This, in short, is the greatness of modern-day science, of preventative medicine, of knowledge rightly applied.


Smallpox was a deadly scourge in America during our revolutionary days, yet many American lives were saved because men such as John Adams, George Washington and his soldiers, and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few notables, made it a policy to get inoculated during these colonial times.  These fine men were part of the leadership and vanguard of their day, and their noble examples and calculated risks that they took led later to the discovery of the smallpox vaccination by Dr. Edward Jenner, which saved countless lives of children and adults then as well as now.


There is no controversy that vaccines work and are highly effective, but today in our upside-down world, there is a renewed controversy that vaccines are either not necessary, do harm, such as creating autism, and consequently should be a parent's choice or voluntary.  This is a sad state of affairs, especially when the medical information and data overwhelmingly supports the commonsense approach of receiving your regularly scheduled vaccination shots.  It is especially disturbing to note that those that do not inoculate their children put their children as well as other children in danger, in which their highest priority should be to remove known dangers from them.


While I understand and sympathize that any medical procedure has risks, and that vaccinations correctly applied can have adverse reactions, there is also an attendant risk in no action, in avoidance, and in the unnecessary belief that you are superior in your thinking for medical procedures, rather than the unison of medical doctors and medical researchers the world over.  Is it even logical to really believe, to even contemplate, that doctors mean to harm your child?  The empirical evidence is clear, immunizations save lives, and it is as straightforward as that.


Still it is certainly well worthwhile, to study, assimilate, and to make sure that our vaccinations are as safe from adverse effects as we can make them.  To this, I applaud the discussion that critics of vaccines can be bring to the table, nevertheless, this criticism should logically be led by accredited professionals, and it shouldn't be some sort of slick sideshow, with celebrities and those of that ilk, but it should instead always be aboveboard, transparent, and very, very real.  Your child's life, innocent, depends on it.