Originally Posted by tonttu
Yes , there is the occasional side-effect , but truthfully , if somebody reacts so strongly to a vaccine , then going through the real thing would most likely kill them !
This is a totally wrong assumption. Complications from vaccine reactions are unrelated to complications from diseases.
In most cases of complications from vaccine reaction, it's not the antigen in the vaccine causing the reaction, it's the combination of ingredients, particularly the adjuvant and preservative, if there is one.
In my own case, I had unremarkable, relatively mild cases of mumps, measles, and chicken pox, but had severe reactions to the MMR, DPT, and hep B vaccines. I am rarely ill, have had only a couple of very mild cases of flu in my life, but had severe reactions to the flu shot (before I read the Cochrane Collaborative's assessment of current data that the flu shot is ineffective).
My children have followed a similar pattern.
We all had h1n1 (medically documented) that we caught from a family who was staying with us. They'd been vaxed for it. They had severe cases. We were not vaxed for it. We had extremely mild cases.
There are no studies supporting your assertion that "truthfully , if somebody reacts so strongly to a vaccine , then going through the real thing would most likely kill them !", but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to the contrary. There are also studies showing that vaccine adjuvants are linked with development of autoimmune disorders, as well as many case reports on PubMed of vaccine-induced lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, intestinal disorders, etc.