Three Types of Anti-Vaxxers, One Million Types of Preventable Diseases.
Throughout New South Wales society, the issue of vaccine hesitancy has become increasingly prevalent. No more is a person’s trust paired with their, local, General Practitioner; it is now in the hands of forums and individuals whose medical backgrounds include crystal therapy, veganism, and a relentless hatred for evil Pharmaceutical Corporations. With the sudden influx of “I know more than the person who trained in a medical degree for four years” mentality, it has become evident that there will ultimately always be three types of vaccine hesitant individuals you’re likely to encounter throughout your quaint, vaccinated, disease free life.
This type of vaccine hesitant individual is the least likely of the three types to cause a mass re-emergence of polio; whilst they may have questions and concerns regarding vaccines their attitude is most likely to be accepting of a doctor’s immunisation recommendations. Although this individual may seem minorly hesitant to vaccines it can prove to benefit the relationship which this individual has with their doctor; sharing information regarding immunisation provides the opportunity to educate and build trust, ultimately improving the doctor-patient relationship (Schwartz and Caplan, 2011). After all a doctors’, primary concern is to “promote health [and] to prevent illness” (Johnstone, 2016), so the conversation which the questioning of vaccines creates holds the potential to deeply benefit the access of information which individuals have in regards to immunisation. The questioning of vaccines even encourages doctors to stay up to date in regards to both sides of the vaccine argument thereby making it even more effortless than it already is to prove the naivety of anti-vaccination attitudes. However, although these individuals may prove to be a lesser of three evils they still prove to provide a variety of concerns; these individuals have a much higher chance of foregoing vaccines and not realising the danger which it poses to society, in the case of immunisation ignorance about vaccines is not bliss, it is, in fact, death by preventable diseases. Having questions pertaining to certain vaccines, does not justify a total ignorance to the fact that your child should be immunised throughout certain stages of their life (Schwartz and Caplan, 2011); in fact, information is so readily accessible you can discover a variety of clinical knowledge regarding vaccines and educate yourself through the immunise.health.gov.au site. Thus, although this type of vaccine hesitant individual may be the least likely to usher in the plague 2.0, being ill-informed, or just generally not caring about vaccination schedules, proves to be irresponsible and does not serve as reason enough for them to not immunise themselves or their children.
This video should be compelling in convincing The Inquisitor that vaccination is needed.
The One Who Alters Immunisation Schedules
This vaccine hesitant individual was most likely that kid who claimed they knew more than their university educated teacher in high school, only to have themselves be proven wrong, by a quick Google search. A report taken out in 2015 revealed that parents frequently requested delaying a variety of vaccinations despite their doctors disapproving (Jacobson, 2015). Little did it seem they know, that through delaying vaccinations not only do these type of vaccine hesitant individuals expose their children to an increased threat of preventable diseases, but also lower the likely-hood of finishing multi-dose vaccinations (Schwartz and Caplan, 2011). Although many parents like to think their child is unique and different to anyone else, which is likely true, that same mindset is not applicable to the administration of vaccines; alternative approaches are only necessary and advisable to people with serious health issues, for anyone else the medically recommended vaccine schedule is medically recommended because (this may seem somewhat shocking) it is the safest and most effective way of administering immunisation, which you can find at health.nsw.gov. The process of altering a child’s immunisation pattern purely because the vaccine hesitant individual may think it is too much in such a short time, is always going to prove to be more dangerous than fully immunising your child from deadly diseases, which, are extremely easy to prevent. Therefore, this vaccine hesitant individual believes that a medically recommended schedule is just a rough draft of how they should immunise their child; it is of course, much safer, to leave your own flesh and blood vulnerable to smallpox.
The Militant Anti-Vaxxer
This vaccine hesitant individual falls beyond the realms of reason; a palace where emotionally fuelled rhetoric against the evil pharmaceutical companies, known by them as “Big Pharma”, is more trustworthy than scientific consensus. These individuals place much more trust in a paper written by Andrew Wakefield, whose medical licence was taken away after his 1998 paper linked MMR vaccinations to autism. These individuals would much rather ignore the fact he was funded by a company suing the creators of the MMR vaccination, whilst also ignoring the blatant fact that his paper was fraud and his claim has been disproven numerous times (Jacobson, 2015). Moreover, they live in a world with increasingly less disease, due to herd immunity created by immunisation, and therefore, believe that they won’t die from diseases, whilst simultaneously believing vaccines are purely scheme to funnel money into “Big Pharma’s” pockets. These individuals think that their immune system can fight off polio, even though they’re also the same people who have a self-diagnosed gluten intolerance. However, little do they know that they have actually survived unvaccinated due to the concept of herd immunity, which as most people know, states that as vaccinations go up so does the chance of diseases becoming eradicated (Fine, Eames and Heymann, 2011). Influenza itself manages to kill between 250,000- 500,000 unvaccinated people yearly (Blank, 2012); however, this occurs primarily in countries which militant anti-vaccination individuals don’t reside in ,or visit frequently, so of course the impending threat of disease is purely created as a marketing ploy to milk revenue from the public. Unfortunately, for this individual, avocados are not a cure for measles and this individual’s prerogative to remain unvaccinated not only puts them ,and their children, at risk, but also the rest of society, as herd immunity is only effective if 85%-95% of the population is vaccinated. Conclusively, this type of vaccine hesitant individual is the most selfish one, they’re prepared to compromise the safety of the society they live in, in order to be different and cool.
Above, herd immunity explained simply, and with stuffed toys, what a bonus!
If this article has failed to convince you that avoiding vaccinating your child is irresponsible and dangerous, then you can download the NSW vaccination app here ;which can provide you with more information, so you can stop being irresponsible and willingly ignorant. If you are also wishing there was something which you could do to raise awareness to the need for immunisation, look at the links throughout this article, educate yourself, and spread the word. Therefore, it should be clear that vaccinations are an important part of life, and should not be delayed, or completely ignored, if you want to remain a responsible human being.
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Jacobson, R., St.Sauver, J., & J.Finney Rutten, L. (2015). Vaccine Hesitancy (1st ed.). Mayo Clinic.
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