When in comes to vaccination, there are two groups of people. One group believes without a doubt that vaccine is essential and must-get because without it, mankind will be plagued by diseases long ago eradicated. To them, vaccination is the cornerstone of civilisation.
The second group questions the safety and efficacy of vaccination. People in this group includes healthcare professionals and people who have personal experience with vaccine injury. The first group accuses this group of fear mongering that is not backed by science and research.
I read this book because I want to see if the allegation against the second group is true.
This book is divided into three parts. Part 1 discusses the case for vaccination choice and its legal implications. Because the authors are Americans, the discussions are centered around U.S. law, but the fundamental arguments about the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children’s health is valid in any country.
Part 2 consists of stories of people whose children had been vaccine-injured and people who have become a victim of vaccine injury themselves.
Part 3 presents the debates on various hot topics concerning vaccination. Among the topics discussed are the symbiosis between the pharmaceutical industry and government agencies that are responsible for the approval of new vaccines. Also discussed in the controversial case of Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Prof. Walker-Smith who had their reputations smeared and their careers destroyed due to a research they did about the relation between MMR vaccine and autism.
Each chapter is accompanied with an extensive list of references, including to scientific medical research on the efficacy of vaccines. You can look up each reference to verify the information in this book. I dare say, the allegation that anti-vaxxers are not based on science is baseless.
The truth is, people who are labeled anti-vaxxers are not against vaccine per se. What they’re campaigning for is a more rigorous and independent testing of vaccine safety.
At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide what is best for your health and your children’s health. There is ample research done on the efficacy and risks of vaccines by healthcare professionals, published in reputable medical journals. Read them yourselves and then make an informed decision. You cannot make an informed decision while blindly following the crowd, regardless of which direction the crowd is going.
Here is something for you to ponder: if vaccines are 100% safe and risk-free, why has $3 billion in compensation been paid to people who have been vaccine-injured?