I watched the frontline video “The vaccine war”, and it was about how vaccine affected children, and might be, thepossible cause of a deadly condition called autism. Vaccines over the past century had a positive impact in the United States by eradicating diseases suchas polio, rubella, and measles. However, over the last 10 years or so, manycases have been filed against the MMR vaccine, by parents of autistic children.By research, the vaccines had many toxic substances like aluminum and mercury.These toxic metals can be harmful to the neurons and can cause brain defects,for instance like Attention Deficiency Disorder (ADD), and Autism mostly.According to medical professionals, they told that the link between vaccines and Brain defects does not exist.
“Scientifically, I think the matter is settled," says Anders Hviid, an epidemiologist at the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark. Inone of the largest and most comprehensive epidemiological studies available,Hviid and colleagues analyzed data on more than a half million children andfound no link between the MMR "triple shot" for measles, mumps andrubella and an increased rate of autism -- a link that's been strongly assertedfor years by anti-vaccine activists. Similar epidemiological studies in Denmarkalso failed to reveal a link between the mercury preservative thimerosal and autism. In fact, around the world, peer-reviewed epidemiological studies havefound no link between autism and either the MMR shot or thimerosal.” (Frontline)
Many anti-vaccine activists including Jim Carey, Jennifer McCarthy, have targetedthis issue, which thimerosal is the factor to many problems in children, andthis leaves to a debate between the medical officials. Now the vaccine debatehas grown to a controversial in Ashland, OR. About quarter of the town is notimmunized cause they believe that vaccine is not that relevant now. One angryparent recalls a memory when her child was going to be immunized by hepatitis B.When the parent asked why, the nurse got angry.
I think a child's immune system is so immature," says Jennifer Margulis, an Ashland writer and mother offour. Margulis decided against following the recommended CDC schedule --although prior to a trip to Africa she did have her children vaccinated for yellow fever, tetanus, polio and meningitis. Says Margulis, "If you read the list of ingredients about what you're putting intramuscularly into yourchild, it's scary." (Frontline)
However on the other hand, Medicalofficials are saying it’s good to have vaccines for children because theremight be a possible outbreak. Many tourists from different continents and countries come to the US for tourist attractions. because of this, it can cause a virus outbreak, and non-immunized civilians have a higher risk of getting the virus. Either way, this is a very important topic the US government should consider.
Here are some questions to acknowledge:
~ In about twenty or thirty years from today, would vaccines be band from the united states?
~Would the activists opposing vaccines, argue that there are toxic chemicals in the vaccine caused Autism?
~If Vaccines were still to exist in the future, then would they change overtime, or would they stay the same?