Originally Posted by sciencemum
I do agree that I wish for more nuanced media on vaccines. Even I'm getting pretty tired of the usual formula.
I suspect that formula is partly driven by anti-vaccination agendas though. There's a fear that showing any weakness or debate over vaccines will give the anti-vax voices "too much ammo". I think that's a mistake. I think the science speaks for itself that choosing to vaccinate is the obvious choice - but I agree everyone must have that choice to make.
I support your right to choose not to vaccinate, I just won't ever agree it's a choice backed by any real scientific evidence that vaccinating is dangerous or uneccessary.
And the difficulty is, that people don't believe they'd have access to such evidence.
To fall back on what seems to be a favorite example around here, car seats.
Car seats, used properly, save lives. The problem is that every time anyone checks into it, they discover that people DON'T use them properly. So they have education campaigns, and set up car seat clinics at fire houses, etc.
Now, and I know this is disappointing, the better answer is to have built-in car seats, and to standardize what car seats we have so that they're more fool resistant. We've done it before. We said, "Cars need bumpers. Put them on."
But if we did that, people wouldn't get to spend enormous amounts of money on car seats. They wouldn't carry babies around in baby buckets, or transfer them to strollers, or whatever. And, since people like doing that, and car seat manufacturers like selling them, that's what we've got.
Similar things apply to the vaccine issue. Produce monovalent vaccines, as a choice. Reimburse doctors so that having families come in monthly doesn't cost more. Make the payouts of vaccine injury public knowledge, and provide people who believe they have a case with lawyers. If you rob a minimart, the government provides you with representation, but if your kid is sick you're on your own. What kind of system is that?
If vaccines are safe and effective, I could fix their PR
problem in 18 months. But pharma keeps acting sneaky. It's not helping.