Originally Posted by Warfish
Long and complicated subject is too long and too complicated.
So my TLDR is:
The good done by vaccinations is vastly > that the potential risks at current. Hence, I'm ok with them being mandatory.
With that said, I would also fund (public/private partnership-based) legitimate, unbiased scientific exploration and monitoring of the issue.
While I don't personally think they are explicitly a cause of autism in the vast majority of cases, I'm open to the idea that they could be a factor. But even if they ARE a factor, the overall good done (eliminating many historic deadly diseases) is still > the small group who have adverse reactions IMO. It's not happy, but eliminating say, polio, is better for humanity than the lternative if the cost is 0.00001% who get autism.
Heartless sounding, I know. But it sounds, from what I've read, that the problem is with the individual reactions to it, not the cure (which is not reacted to badly by the vast vast majority). No cure will be reacted to perfectly well by every individual......that does not warrant removal of that cure.
But who knows, far too complicated and not an area I'm terrably well versed, so I could be 100% wrong.
What if the incidence of polio was already in decline before the vaccines became popular? What if many people who were diagnosed with polio are now diagnosed with meningitis, so that the rates aren't dipping as fast as you are being led to believe.
So because you are ok with the risks of my children getting autism, it should be mandatory that I am ok with those risks? Because that is what you are saying. Now, once you make these shots mandatory, what age are you going to deliver them? Because a child's immune system may not be capable of properly handling a vaccine at 4-6 months of age. But are you telling me that I have to give them the shot at that age?
Now, if I don't give my child a mandatory shot, what happens? I lose my child? Fine, now what happens if I am forced to give my child a shot I don't want to give him, and he winds up with autism? What do I get to do now that you have screwed up my entire child's life? Can I put my caseworker in jail?
What about the flu vaccine? My own sister in law worked in a hospital in CA, and told me about how when they ran out of shots, they just went into storage and pulled the old shots from the previous year, and injected those into kids and seniors. Do I have to get that?
I have met too many people who had a perfectly normal 2 or 3 year old, who got a batch of vaccines, and 1 week later had an autistic child.