posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 01:59 AM
Please do not talk about vaccinations hampering the human body's natural ability to ward of viral/ bacterial infection. Unless you hold a degree or
are pursuing one in microbiology, speculation of the adverse side effects of vaccinations becomes a haven for media nerds. The only reason a body can
naturally fight off infection, is if the pathogen in question is easily overcome by the the body's innate, then adaptive immune system or the body
remembers a previous encounter and initiates the adaptive response. In both cases, the body recognizes key elements of the invading pathogen called
antigens and formulates a counter attack by producing complimentary antibodies to disable the antigen. So when a human host becomes infected with
parts of a virus/bacteria (antigen), the body reacts and remembers so it may prevent/ reduce another similar infection.
Now what does a vaccination do? Is it not used in the prevention/ reduction of viral/ bacterial infection? How so one may ask. Simple;
vaccinations work exactly the same as if one were naturally introduced to pathogens except instead of gambling on chance that one may be infected
randomly, the body is introduced to it artificially.
Now people are going to say; "Artificial induced immunity is bad because its not natural!". Natural induced immunity relies on the fact that
the entire pathogen is used to alert the immune system and thus the body is actually fighting for its life. Artificial induced immunity uses pieces of
the pathogen, non- dangerous pieces that can never infect you with what it originally meant for. The body is tricked into building up defences so when
it does face the exact whole pathogen, it can easily disable it thanks to the vaccine.
I understand that there exists potential for bad things to happen, so let me try to debunk some common misconceptions. (1) People have been told
they can never get sick from the shot yet develop fever, fatigue, malaise and body aches. This can be attributed to something added to the vaccination
called an adjuvent. Basically it acts as a vector for the antigen to travel, but most importantly causes the aforementioned side effects. The adjuvent
is water, salts and sometimes oil and is used to start up your immune system to readily interact with the antigen pieces. (2) Government uses vaccines
to kill the weak or induce infection to stimulate medicinal monetary gains. Who gives more in a lifetime to the government, sick/ dead people not
working or the ones living and are not capable of spreading disease and thus not ruining all three social classes? (Interesting sidenote: Dr. Salk,
creator of the Polio vaccine, chose not to patent it.) (3) The use of attenuated vaccines. The aforementioned point is in my opinion the only worrying
thing in the whole vaccine debate. Instead of using dead antigen parts, a live mutated virus is used. Attenuated vaccines are usually used for long
term immunizations and thus do not need booster shots, as well as having cheaper maintenance costs. The disadvantage is that the mutated virus that
does not effect the host now, may potentially mutate into a form that may effect the host. The chance of the said occurrence is astoundingly low and
decreases everyday thanks to new research, but does occur which is why waivers/ consent forms are sometimes signed. Many frightful parents know this,
but understand the percentages in trusting vaccinations versus none. (4) Somehow, somewhere, some form of killer new virus/ bacteria will come from a
vaccine. This event is even more-so less likely to happen than point three due to certain unique mutations that have to occur.
I understand that people do not believe in vaccinations and I respect their choices, but I hope that people understand that many more people owe
their existence and continued existence to them. I welcome all criticisms but if any numbers/ statistics are used, please cite and provide links to
SCHOLARLY JOURNALS only. Wikipedia and even the links it uses to cite are only good for basic universal knowledge.