By Dr. Andrew Jones
A recent column in that esteemed publication ‘USA TODAY’, makes this statement:
Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail. Meaning I should now be in jail..( Yikes!!)
Source: Alex Berezow, founding editor of RealClearScience, is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and co-author of Science Left Behind.
The entirely preventable California measles outbreak has now sickened more than 70 people. With perhaps hundreds more exposed, the outbreak will likely continue.
As the disease spreads, experts will debate how we respond and what to do about the anti-vaccine movement that’s partly to blame for this mess. Likely, all we’ll agree on is better outreach to parents.
That’s not enough. Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail.
In the year 2015, it is amazing that anyone in the United States contracts measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the U.S. eliminated all native cases of measles in the year 2000. New cases generally occurred only among unvaccinated foreigners. Today, however, because of ignorant “anti-vaxxers,” the disease is staging a comeback.
Anti-vaxxers often claim the right not to put “poison” in their children’s bodies. That is ludicrous. A mountain of data has demonstrated that vaccines are safe and effective.
Measles is perhaps the most infectious human disease. Virus particles can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves. And measles is not a minor infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that before widespread vaccination began in 1980, 2.6 million people a year died from measles. About 400 people a day still do.
Put simply, no person has the right to threaten the safety of his community. Like drunken drivers, the unvaccinated pose an imminent danger to others. They pose a lethal threat to the most vulnerable: the immunocompromised, such as HIV or cancer patients, and infants who have yet to receive their vaccines.
Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others.
Because humans are the only natural host for the virus, the WHO hopes to eradicate the disease from the planet, just like smallpox. This noble mission has been greatly complicated by such medical luminaries as Bill Maher and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who have spread anti-vaccine propaganda to millions. They have blood on their hands.
It is time to end this insanity. Though jail sounds drastic, it could be the only way to send a strong message about the deadly consequences of failing to vaccinate children.
So let’s get this correct..as a parent you object to the vaccine based on toxic ingredients, such as mercury, formaldehyde, and are wanting to avoid serious potential vaccine reactions, such as autoimmune disease, autism, seizures, low platelets, deafness, coma, permanent brain damage.
But you should go to jail for that decision?
Seems a little wrong to me..
Here is what the CDC reports as official side effects
(Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm)
MMR vaccine side-effects (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
What are the risks from MMR vaccine?
A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions.
The risk of MMR vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella. Most people who get MMR vaccine do not have any serious problems with it.
• Fever (up to 1 person out of 6)
• Mild rash (about 1 person out of 20)
• Swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about 1 person out of 75)
If these problems occur, it is usually within 7-12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.
• Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses)
• Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4)
• Temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses)
Severe Problems (Very Rare)
• Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
Several other severe problems have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:
- Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
Dr Jones responds
As you can see, there are very serious potential vaccine side effects..and these are the published ones accepted by the scientific community.
It’s not such a cut and dried decision.
As a parent it’s your decision- NOT the Government, NOT Alex Berezow, founding editor of RealClearScience, OR any other AUTHOTARIAN figure.
We live in a free and democratic society..
It’s our RIGHT to make the decision NOT to vaccinate- our children OR our pets.
Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. In my new book, Veterinary Secrets, you can see my suggested vaccine regimen, including what else you can give to boost your dog or cat’s immune system to prevent disease without vaccines.
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