Vaccination Frustration

"Screaming Out My Pain" by RTP (Really Terrible Photographer) via Flickr

"Screaming Out My Pain" by RTP (Really Terrible Photographer) via Flickr

So, one of the topics that is the greatest source of frustration for me is vaccinations.  Whenever someone wants to talk to me about how evil vaccinations are or how the government is trying to poison us with fluoride in the water, I really just want to strangle them.  Instead, I usually smile and say something like, “I guess I see your point.”

Why so meek?  Mostly because I know I can’t change the mind of a person whose mind is already made up.  It seems like there is a growing trend among pediatricians to give up arguing as well, as presented in this article by the WSJ, and actually just “fire” their patients whose parents refuse vaccinations.

Shirley S. Wang of the Wall Street Journal writes “Medical associations don’t recommend such patient bans, but the practice appears to be growing, according to vaccine researchers.”  As she states in the article, “Worries about a link between vaccines and autism arose because some parents noticed their children regressed, or lost some skills, around the time of their vaccinations at two years of age.”

This argument strikes me as problematic because that is the age at which children start developing social skills, and used to be lower than the average age at which autism is diagnosed, so it could very well be that these children would have gotten autism without the vaccine, and it is some other factor causing increasing rates of autism.  Blaming vaccines just because you can’t think of what else to blame is beyond short-sighted.

At first, I wanted to applaud these physicians, but I wonder, could this backfire?  If these children have no alternative but homeopathy, naturopathy, or doctors that don’t care enough to object, we are giving children who are already at a disadvantage an even further disadvantage.  After all, they didn’t choose to have whack-job parents.  But what else can be done?  There is absolutely no good reason why whooping cough should be making a comeback.  It could easily have gone the way of smallpox.

Short of federal or state mandates, not much else can be done.  Since medicine is about business and not health in America, ultimately, doctors are free to take on whatever clients they choose, and also refuse whatever clients they choose.  Until we make medicine about public health PRIMARILY for all of America, I don’t see the situation getting any better.

Comments

  1. So there are no valid claims to Dimerisal poisoning in children in receiving vaccines? I thought that was tested and proven. That just shows how much the net is a mix of truth and fiction. I may have the chemical name spelled wrong, but it is close. It is never enough just to research a subject for a time, on your own, because I looked into this for quite a while. I must have been mislead to, but I never said I was right only. I was not that stubborn. I remain open to change, not resistant to it. Hmm…

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