It is like Christmas in the muggle household!
DS, age 16, arrived home from school and told me he was assigned the con side in his science class debate on vaccines. I am going to generate a list of issues for him to explore, because yes, I am that geeky….
So…help me make a list. Think big, umbrella terms. Cons to vaccinations include:
1. Some of the VPDs are rare. They would still be rare if everyone vaccinated. In some cases, the CDC admitted and accepted risks of vaccines probably do outweigh the risks of the disease.
2. Some diseases are so mild that risking vaccination makes little sense for the masses.
3. Hygiene theory: maybe childhood diseases play a role in us not getting sick later in life?
4. Studies are inadequate and funded (very largely) by Big Pharm. Big Pharm also sits on advisory committees. Conflict of interest.
5. Vaccines role in allergies, asthma, autoimmune, autism (Hep.B study for this last one, as well as court cases)
6. Families awards money in vaccine court - is it 2000 cases where money has been awarded?
7. Particularly troubling vaccines - Hep B for newborns, CP and shingles, Gardasil...
What am I missing? Assignment due in 2 days….so, time sensitive!