So for this post I just want to make five quicks points.
- I am not anti-vaccination, I am pro-education.
I appreciate that however suspect vaccinations are, they do serve a purpose by saving the lives of hundreds of children and adults in underdeveloped countries.
I believe in educated choices. So a doctor scaring me into giving them to my child is not enough of a reason. And a doctor is NOT a source of education. Ask most doctors what the ingredients are and they cannot tell you.
I feel we should have ready access to all information on the subject. We don't.
- I am pro-choice.
I don't believe the state should dictate to me what goes into my child. They do.
I don't believe any parent should push their agenda or beliefs onto others. They do.
I feel that we ought to have the right choose no vaccinations, all vaccinations, delayed vaccination, and separated vaccinations. We don't.
- You can read/hear great points for each side of the debate.
While one study will indicate a link between vaccinations and autism, another will debunk it.
I never understand a person who says, 'oh, that's been debunked'. I don't understand it because I am not so ready to believe researchers. Who funded the study? What was their vested interest?
For every 'study' out there, there is another that claims the opposite. Remember when fats were evil? Unlike many people in our society, while I listen to it all, I don't pay homage to science.
Likewise, there is little point in arguing in the Comments, because we just end up going in circles and almost everyone can find a study or resource to back up their claim.
Opposing views ARE welcome, I relish them. But be very specific. If you have a larger agenda, start your own blog.
- Media (or other) scare-mongering
A pet peeve of mine. Much like science, we tend to bend too easily to media 'education'. The media has a purpose, to gain viewers through stories. Scare-mongering works.
They are also agents of the state and/or business moguls.
- Immunisation and vaccination are not the same thing.
An easy misunderstanding.
Immunisation (also immunization) is the process of becoming able to resist infection.
Vaccination is a method by which to achieve immunisation.
It is not incorrect to talk about immunizing someone when you are referring to having someone vaccinated, but it is highly misleading. And it's an important distinction.
I will chat further on a couple of the points above. Stay tuned.