The Vaccination Dilemma

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The Vaccination Dilemma

Maryann Mayfield
English 111-01
Professor Bonden
December 03, 2007

A look into history reveals that vaccines have always been portrayed as miracle workers, saving millions of people from potentially fatal diseases. What comes to mind is the unbelievable global eradication of smallpox. The 1952 polio vaccine halted the epidemics of paralysis and death of innocent children. The rabies vaccine overturned automatic death sentences. The diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, influenza and countless other vaccines seemed to eliminate the threat of dangerous diseases. It cannot be denied that vaccination has been a seemingly successful fighter of disease. However, under close examination, a very different reality emerges and opposes this view. There is sufficient evidence to question the overall effectiveness of vaccines. Vaccines pose serious environmental and health concerns that cannot remain ignored and unconsidered. There needs to be more education and consideration before vaccines are given. The science behind the function of vaccines is simple. It is based upon the ability of a person’s immune system to respond more effectively to a virus or microorganism the second or third time it is exposed to the organism. The vaccine serum is created from a weakened form of the disease-causing organism. Once the serum is injected, the patient’s immune system responds by creating specific antibodies to fight the organisms. The antibodies attach themselves to foreign cells and destroy them. The theory is that these antibodies remain effective so that any time in the future that the patient’s body is exposed to the full-fledged disease, the antibodies created will once again fight and ward off any danger (“Vaccine,” 2007). The concept seems almost too good to be true. Vaccines seem to provide people with a means of becoming disease-proof. But is this the truth? Do vaccines actually accomplish what they are supposed to and truly provide immunity? Many scientists say no. The Medical Research Council of Great Britain led a study on the diphtheria vaccine, testing the disease susceptibility of those vaccinated versus those unvaccinated. The scientists measured the levels of antitoxins produced in the blood of various people in response to vaccination. They expected to find an inverse correlation between the levels of antitoxins and the risk of contracting diphtheria- in other words, that those with high levels of antitoxins should never be acquiring the disease. What they surprisingly found instead was that many people with high antitoxin levels later contracted the disease anyways, people with very low antitoxin levels never contracted the disease despite exposure to it, and people who were never vaccinated also remained healthy (Murphy, 1995, p.63). Another area of concern is vaccine manufacture. Many of the chemicals used in vaccine production are extremely toxic and are known carcinogens. For example, tests were run on thimersol, an organic mercury compound commonly used as a vaccine preservative. The results were astounding- the compound was shown to completely inhibit the action of the immune system’s white blood cells. Effectively, the vaccines containing thimersol are actually harming the body’s natural immunity. Other such compounds are aluminum sulfate and formalin, hazardous materials used in the production of various vaccinations, which have been found to be detrimental to the health (Murphy, 1995, p. 39). The most compelling argument against vaccination is the one that few people are aware of: vaccines can be extremely dangerous themselves. First, adverse side effects from every vaccine have been reported. For the Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio (DTP) vaccine, for example, common side effects are local reactions at the injection site such as rashes and hives, and systemic reactions such as nausea, ear infections, and upper respiratory infections. Less...
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