Preventing health problems for the masses is it the focus of this debate, plus or minus vaccinations. Much controversy right now. But I’ll try to stick to general truths that are preached by science today.
At the end of the day, my wife’s least favorite expression, this is all still opinion. I respect everybody else’s. But I am a man of science who’s heard both sides. And I think we all need to be reasonable about all of this. After all, there are solutions to every problem. And anyone that says there isn’t is only a part of the problem.
A couple of general principles.
There are two major holes underneath every major city that makes it a part of a First World nation. Do you know what those are? One is a sewage system, the other one is a subway.
There are two major things that you can provide for a first world nation that make it First World. Do you know what they are? Clean water. And vaccinations.
But the problems and the controversies begin when the vaccinations are made in a way that’s too cheap or favors big Pharma too much to drive up profits a little too nicely. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Bottom line on any controversy, if the problems can be fixed, then let’s just fix them. If certain chromosomal abnormalities predispose a newborn infant to too leaky a blood brain barrier to tolerate the preservatives and chemicals in an otherwise herd benefiting vaccination, either make the ingredients more tolerable. Or simply delay the vaccination in those chromosomal kids to after eight or, 18 even when their blood brain barrier or brain isn’t quite as susceptible. I don’t think the herd will suffer with a delayed immunizing of a very few. The herd only suffers if many are not immunized at all. But still, I’m straying off the topic which will focus only on the value of vaccinations which are many and strong.
Vaccinations to Reduce and Prevent Disease
We vaccinate for many reasons associated with reducing and preventing if not eliminating disease.
Measles, mumps, rubella, and HPV. And flu! For those diseases, we vaccinate for more reasons than just to prevent disease. We vaccinate to prevent severity of disease.
Tetanus and diphtheria. For these two, we are preventing the effects of the toxins of disease.
Strep pneumococcal disease. With this vaccine, we are preventing the overuse of antibiotics. So that’s a good thing. Always.
Should you get the Flu Vaccine?
Taking us back to influenza again. If we immunized against influenza, and reduced the severity of that disease, we also reduce the use of antibiotics. Bear in mind the built in advantages of avoiding antibiotic use. The less we use them, the less resistant strains we create against them. All of this propagates our good health and existence beyond just reducing a specific disease.
Rubella. Here is an example of a disease that we vaccinate against in the general population to only help some. The only reason we immunize against rubella is to reduce and eliminate the disease known as congenital rubella. Rubella in and of it’s self is an unimpressive little sniffle. But embryologically, it can destroy a fetus. So, why do we immunize everybody, if boys never get pregnant? Correct. To immunize the herd. Now you’re getting it.
And most vaccinations are not perfect. That is NOT an argument against them. That is no way a crime.
Vaccinations prevent disease, all in all. Can’t argue that.
There are eradicated diseases that could come back. There are nearly eradicated diseases that flareup. There are brand new diseases that we can vaccinate against, and most certainly should.
They’re safe. Super well tested. Jenny McCarthy, yeah. She’s pretty cute. But… Yeah, no. Listen to your physician.
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