Originally Posted by blessed
Here's how it boils down for me:
The vaccine developers, distributors and policy makers have consistently demonstrated a lack of forthrightness, a tendency toward motivations of political or financial nature rather than altruistic healthcare.
And here is yet another example of that.
Each individual vaccine may be good, bad or indifferent. But I do know that I am unable to rely upon vaccine developers, vaccine policy makers, and the medical establishment to provide me with unbiased and accurate information.
I am therefore compelled to look at the proofs of efficacy and safety for each individual vaccine myself, and make my own decision about their utility.
I look at it like...sometimes vaccine manufacturers get lucky, and some scientist somewhere comes up with some really great idea that just works like a charm. I'm going to say the Hib conjugate vaccine is probably a pretty good example of this. It works, it works very well, doesn't probably have too many (or maybe any) crazy side effects, etc.
The data is consistent, clear, no weirdo anomalies, etc. Across the board.
Other times...something might go wrong...(I'll say bovine viruses popping up in the MMR and other adventitious agents in live vaccines is an example of this.)
That's when everything gets goofy. People who should, in theory, be trustworthy suddenly find themselves doing some strange moral juggling.
People like Philip Minor say things like "Now the regulatory authorities in the room will well be aware of a rather large number of other examples of this type that don't actually get published. I think that's not so good- I think this should be out there in the public literature. But these are ones that are well known, I think." And..."sooner or later this information will leak out."
So...you never really know. It's hard to say...