posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 08:23 PM
I'm not convinced. These people say that vaccines are dangerous, which is true. *ALL* medical treatments are dangerous, without exception. There
is no such thing as a completely safe medical procedure, treatment, drug, or vaccine. Every time you take anything, you're taking a risk - maybe a
small risk, but it's there all the same. People die from taking aspirin. People are going to die from getting the H1N1 vaccine. That's just how
The question has never been whether the vaccine has any dangers to it. The question is whether those dangers outweigh the dangers of H1N1 flu itself.
While the video clearly cites many of the real and potential dangers of the vaccine, they weren't clear about the relative risks of the disease it
is intended to prevent.
The claim that H1N1 is "milder than seasonal flu" is not quite accurate. While the majority of those affected manage to get through without
problem, H1N1 has killed young, healthy people who would normally have been able to throw off seasonal flu with little problem. This is what
distinguishes H1N1 from ordinary seasonal flu, and is the reason why authorities are so concerned. H1N1 can cause the immune system to turn against
the body. The people with the strongest immune systems - young, healthy people - are the ones most vulnerable to such an attack. It is called a
cytokine storm, and it can cause the immune system to attack and destroy healthy lung tissue. Despite vigorous medical efforts, many of these people
die, not of the damage by the virus, but by their own bodies.
The link between autism and vaccinations is not a strong or obvious one, if it exists at all. Even if there is a link, you need to consider how
likely it is that a child will develop autism, versus how likely the child will suffer neurologic injury or death if he comes down with H1N1. That
applies to all potential harm that the vaccine might cause. Does the risk outweigh the benefit?
Unfortunately, we don't know enough about H1N1 to make a sound estimate. If this disease turns out to be as bad as it was during the Great Pandemic
(which it probably won't), then the vaccine's dangers are trivial by comparison. If it turns out that H1N1 isn't much different from seasonal flu,
then it may be that the vaccine isn't worth the risk. The only way we'll know is looking back after all the results are in. Right now we simply
don't have enough information to make an informed decision. All we can do is play the odds.
My point here is not to claim that the video is wrong, or that everyone should get the shot. I don't know that. No one does. All I'm saying is
that it isn't possible to make any confident claims one way or the other, because we just don't know enough.