My Strategy For Dealing With The Anti-Vaxxers
The other day, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who told me that she would certainly not get the COVID-19 vaccine when and if it were developed.
You know the usual Big Pharma story — they would make millions. Maybe they would but as my brother remarked, they would invest millions in it also. I told my friend I would not be willing to risk my life by refusing a vaccine.
I was surprised and somewhat taken aback given that my friend is a well educated professional and I began to wonder what sort of anti-vaxxer thinking and hogwash she had been exposed to. I did not ask her but decided to do my own research.
This was important because I will definitely need a strategy in the coming months as this movement will inevitably grow and become more influential.
Thanks to social media. But I can also use social media to counterattack.
I refreshed my memory on vaccines and also did some new homework.
Vaccines saved me from serious illness.
After all, an anti-polio vaccine saved me in 1956 when our city was struck by this awful epidemic. We were the lucky ones in that we got an extra-long holiday at the seaside but the sad faces of polio victims are still a memory that haunts me. We were living very close to one of the hotspots and my mother decided the only safe way was to escape to a deserted beach house about 75 miles from our home.
In South Wales in 1962, 19 people died from smallpox (variola virus). There was no cure and the death rate was around 30%. Vaccination was successful in that the disease was eliminated with the last case being recorded in Somalia in 1977. I was one of the 900,000 children and adults vaccinated at the time.
The WHO in 1980 declared that the disease had been totally eradicated from the earth and this was a major achievement in disease prevention.
I have a flu vaccine every year and this has saved me from endless pain and suffering.
Simply put, I trust medical science and will take a vaccine to save my life and protect others. If there were sound and valid medical reasons why I should not do this, I would heed them.
The anti-vaxxers are now a threat to conquering COVID-19
As I write this, there are 3 million cases in the USA and the death rate is standing at 1% which means there have been 130,000 deaths so far. Up to 16% of UK citizens say they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. It is also estimated that up to 24% of Americans will refuse the COVID-19 vaccine when and if it arrives.
Most epidemiologists calculate that if vaccination is to be successful, then 70% immunity must be achieved. This is what is known as “herd immunity.” We need this to stop the spread of the virus as the more people who are immune, the lower the risk.
The more anti-vaxxers are vociferous and influential, the less chance we have of beating this disease and reducing the spread. It is as simple as that.
Each person can choose but when they preach and influence others using misinformation then this is a real risk.
The anti-vaxxers make false claims
Kanye West may stand as a US Presidential candidate. He provides no evidence whatsoever when he declares:
“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast.”
Where is the research and figures to show so many children being paralyzed? I decided to look for some reliable and authoritative information on this.
I went to the CDC site and here is a link which gives me all the information I need about whether I should get vaccinated or not. There is no information whatsoever about children being paralyzed although there were a few cases way back in 1956 with the smallpox vaccine.
Vaccines are overwhelmingly safe according to the CDC which is a reliable source of information and is supported by research bodies, scientists, and doctors who are experts. Yes, there are side effects as with any medicine you take. The long journey towards a safe vaccine is truly impressive as you can see from the CDC video here.
I am going to ask the anti-vaxxers where they get the information from and who their experts are. The answer is sometimes disconcerting as I shall show you.
Who are the experts quoted by the anti-vaxxers?
These are powerful lobbies so watch out. We have the Children’s Health Defense led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. They have plenty of money and they are extremely clever at peddling falsehoods and misinformation on social media.
Let me tell you about their “experts”. The first is Andrew Wakefield. He was struck off the UK medical register because he fabricated a link between MMR vaccines and autism. Yes, all made up. Fortunately, he was discovered but is still around and hailed as an expert by the anti-vaxxers.
He has even made two films. The first was in 2016 and named “Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe” and in November 2019, he released “Vaxxed II: the People’s Truth.”
These films focus on the usual conspiracy theories that the vaccine injuries and side effects are being covered up by the pharmaceutical companies! The usual story based on fake science and unfounded arguments.
The second person who is very well known and loved in the anti-vaxxers network is a lady called Judy Mikovits. She was a laboratory technician and was also research director of a private center called the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), in Reno, Nevada. Her research paper on the CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) was shown to be false according to the article here in Science magazine.
Mikovits has also claimed that wearing a mask actually activates SARS and COVID-19 and people get sick from “your own reactivated coronavirus expressions.” Scientists and researchers are puzzled by the term “coronavirus expressions.”
She appears in the film Plandemic and though YouTube and Facebook have taken it down, this film has gained considerable notoriety and is believed by many many people to be true.
These then are the questions I am going to ask the anti-vaxxers when they come knocking on my social media door.
1. Please quote scientific research papers where vaccines have caused injuries and deaths to children. What sources are you using?
2. Please show me the figures which reveal that vaccines are to blame for autism in children.
3. Who are the anti-vaxxer experts? Where are they working? What research papers have been published and if so, have they been withdrawn and why?
Basically, any person has the right to choose. However when they start influencing and persuading people on a major issue such as vaccination and when this information is clearly flawed, then they have no right to put people’s lives at risk.
Vaccines save lives and they do not cause autism.
Other health articles I have written:-
Until We Know More About COVID-19, We Must Wear Face Masks — Period.
Is a simple civic duty really too much to ask?