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Originally Posted by slmommy
I don't think you need to be a conspiracy theorist to have questions or recognize certain aspects of vaccine safety that are under-studied.
I don't want to argue about aluminum here, I am just trying to point out that any course on vax taught by Offit is not exactly going to be the most "un-biased" info for parents researching vaccine decisions. Ignoring issues and labeling as "conspiracy theorists" is not going to make this lack of true vax safety knowledge magically ok.
But heck, if you already are of the opinion that vaccines are 110% safe, or totally ok with maybe your child being injured for greater good, then, probably this is the course for you.
I don't think anyone in science disagrees that we should continue to study the safety of vaccines, but continuing to spend money on more studies of debunked dangers and/or fears with no basis in science do not help anyone.
I deleted your comments on aluminium because I don't know anything about that. The contents of vaccines I admit sound scary, but I believe they have been put there for a reason, and ultimately that reason is to help us as a society and individuals fight diseases that at one time were very scary and deadly.
Dr. Offit clearly has made money off of his knowledge about vaccinations and the immune system. The abstract of the course says he will discuss possible dangers as he sees them. I don't think he claims to be unbiased - but his point of view I think would be worth listening to for people who are researching vaccine decisions - which is the point of this board.
I didn't mean to label anyone as a conspiracy theorist, but if you believe that all vaccines are bad I don't understand how you can be claiming there is mass stupidity among doctors, or a massive conspiracy. How else would almost all of them think vaccines are a good thing in general?
Finally, of course I don't think vaccines are 110% safe. 110% doesn't exist. I don't even think they are 100% safe. Nothing can be - all medicines carry risks of side effects. And it is true that in a post vaccination world those risks can look unnecessary, but if everyone else also decided not to vaccinate those scary diseases would come back and children would die or be sick senselessly.
Someone else grumbled about the use of a 15 year old story about a child dying from chicken pox. Well the reason it has to be an old story - at least in the US where there has been a big vaccination programme against childhood vaccination almost no children today die from chicken pox. I posted the statistics for that (compared to the number of deaths claimed to be linked to vaccines from VAERS which I agree could have issue of both over and under reporting) in another post.
Chicken pox is usually fine, but some small fraction of children can have serious consequences. Other vaccine preventable diseases are much more serious (whooping cough for example, particularly among newborns who cannot be vaccinated and so rely solely on her immunity, or isolation). Vaccines are usually safe, but very rare serious side effects clearly do occur.