Originally Posted by slmommy
Originally Posted by stik
he is a pretty logical choice for explaining the medical consensus on vaccines.
I agree with you. If you want to learn more about pro-vax viewpoint, knock yourself out.
Is there only one "pro-vax viewpoint?"
Most of my doctor friends who consider themselves "pro-vax" actually do delayed/selected vax for their own children. Even TV's Dr. Oz, who pushed the flu shot to the point of taking his flu shot on the air, admits that his own children are on a selective/delayed vax schedule. And I just read a study on pediatric nurses, the vast majority of whom turn down recommended vaccines for themselves, while administering vaccines to infants and children.
So what, exactly, does "pro-vax" even mean?
The "pro-vax" posters on this forum tend to believe 100% in the current recommended vaccination schedule, have no concerns about potential side effects, believe that aluminum and thimerosal in vaccines are safe, believe that there is absolutely no link between vaccines and autism, and are unconcerned about vaccines' link to autoimmune disorders, and about the pharmaceutical companies' demonstrated lack of ethics.
At least, that is the picture one comes away with after reading their posts.
That's quite an extreme position, and it's not one I see amongst most of the real people I know, who consider themselves pro-vax.
Another position taken by the "pro-vax extremists" is that anyone who questions the safety of the current vaccine schedule is a fool,and listens to strippers and bad actresses rather than real doctors, and to debunked fraudsters rather than "real" science, and is a tin-foil-hst-wearing conspiracy theorist.
Any argument made by vaccine questioners is met with personal attacks, or accusations that we are launching personal attacks. Personal tales of vaccine damage is met with a combination of scorn and doubt ("you're wrong, vaccines didn't damage your child," etc).
I would assume that, just as vaccine safety advocates do not wish to be known as "conspiracy theorists," and many do not consider themselves to be "anti-vax," those who believe that vaccines are necessary don't necessarily believe the above-mentioned extremist propaganda on the "pro-vax" side.
But it does seem like only the extremists are posting.