Herd Immunization

Anyone who is a parent will know that vaccination time can be worrying and stressful because there are lots of questions you need answering. I wanted to know why vaccinations are needed and I wanted to know if these vaccinations were going to cause an adverse effect. I am all too familiar with the vaccination-autism link and government explanations.

As a parent required to make this decision I was hoping to be given information to make an informed choice, but this wasn’t exactly what I got, in fact I didn’t get much by way of explanations unless I pressed for it? When I spoke to my doctor and local authority health specialist both found it in themselves to express what they thought I needed to do and then looked at me as though I was goofy because I was considering keeping my children out of the program.

“Do you understand the risks” they say and “yes” I respond because I have done my research.

I took a look at this field of preventative medicine and did some research into the dangers facing the UK herd and my children, I wanted to find out if they were as acute as what was being made out and I also wanted to be clear in my own mind about what was going to be put into my son’s body and why.

To begin with I was told that vaccines stimulate our immune system to produce antibodies without us having to become infected with the actual disease. This is known as active immunity.

According to the doctor and the literature she gave me to peruse this teaches the immune system to produce the appropriate antibodies quickly. Once immunised if a person comes into contact with the disease the immune system will recognise it and immediately produce the antibodies to fight it.

I asked for an explanation of what was meant by teaching the immune system and it was suggested the whole vaccination process (the introduction of an alien object to the system) improves the immune system’s memory. Whilst this may be true and merits further research, it wasn’t an explanation of the bio-mechanical/electrical/chemical process that repeatedly demonstrates the immune system is  better equipped to recognise specific infections if previously exposed to them – instead it was a sweeping analogy.

I might be foolish for thinking that the human species has survived for thousands of years without vaccinations, long before we began to live in crowded spaces and take nature for granted, and yet the doctor felt she had triumphed by claiming mortality rates to diseases was direct evidence that vaccines were successful.

Human living conditions were very different hundreds/thousands of years ago, there was poor sanitation, poor diets, poverty, and slum-like living conditions that meant diseases and illnesses were rife. Even so, human beings have endured without vaccinations. The founding of modern medicine and improved treatments and the fact that human beings have cleaned up their mess to some degree was probably a very good reason for diseases to decline and not because vaccinations were introduced to the herds to keep them at bay.

The human body is a very efficient biological machine because nature is like that, it likes equilibrium and is very efficient to ensure the human body remains metabolized and balanced. But the literature I read about vaccinations give me the impression that my body need’s all the help it can get from a government that apparently cares about me and my children. The human body is like a fortified army base with specialized troops ready to protect it, any general in the world would wish for a force that was as good and effective as natures.

If this hypothetical base is attacked by foreign invaders guards will not turn a blind eye because they don’t recognise the invaders, nor will they take photographs and send them to command HQ for identifying. Instead, warning flares are fired and sirens begin to sound. Troops in the immediate vicinity will engage the invaders and radio for back up. Within minutes, thousands of extra troops will have been mobilised and sent to repel the invaders, there will be no delays, no costly pauses and certainly no questions asked.

Why would nature need to be told what the invader is, whether it is meningitis or polio or anything for that matter, how could nature, the human body need to know the effect of something it caused – unless of course such things are not natural? The only difference between the army and nature’s own defensive force is that nature will not take prisoners to those that stand in her way.

Having a vaccination does not guarantee that I won’t become infected?

Some interesting information about vaccination programs relates to passive immunity or this natural protection provided when an unborn baby is given antibodies by the mother. Newborn babies have passive immunity to several diseases, such as measles, mumps and rubella but it only lasts for a few weeks, perhaps months. I would rather think that nature provides an immune system to last an entire lifetime.

In the case of measles, mumps and rubella it is claimed that natural protection lasts up to one year and this is why the MMR vaccination is given just after a child’s first birthday. Although the doctor was unable to direct me to any research that shows a specific mechanism for the so-called unnatural degradation of a child’s natural immune system from age 0 to 12 months.

I asked the doctor if it would be better (not in the literal sense) for people to be exposed to a natural disease as this would give them long-term immunity and she said it is true that the immunity a person gets from being exposed to natural infection is likely to last for life. But does this point to recognition of a disease that makes the body so efficient or does nature deal with all threats in the same way, regardless of who or what they are?

I certainly don’t buy the official version that people who opt out of vaccination programs increase the risk of re-introducing diseases back into society, to begin with diseases have to be present within a society in order to spread and vaccinations don’t guarantee anything. I have to question who I trust more, nature or the government – judging by the economic mess created by world government why should I trust them with my health?

When I read literature on vaccinations I do so with the interests of my young children, their health is my primary concern. I want to make an “informed” choice about the so-called scale of threat facing the herd and the necessity of these vaccinations, below are just some of the facts that I was able to find with a little searching.

At present and rather sadly, cot death is the leading cause of death in babies in the UK over one month old – claiming more lives than meningitis, leukaemia, other forms of cancer, household and road traffic accidents put together.

The following information was researched from The UK Health Protection Agency where you can find recorded epidemiological data relating to the disease “threats” our children are vaccinated against, please note statistics relate only to the United Kingdom, mostly England and Wales. The official website can be found here. Health Protection Agency

When evaluating these figures consider that current population in the UK is around 60,943,912 million. Children aged between 1 – 5 years account for approximately 3.3 million of those and most figures are derived from a 20+ year period of data collection.

1.      Diphtheria is most common in countries where people live in crowded conditions with poor sanitation. From 1986 to 2006 spanning a 20 year period a total of 246 cases were reported of which 3 deaths occurred. Data for 1914 to 2006 can be viewed here. Data for 1986 to 2006 can be viewed here.

2.      Tetanus is caused ONLY by bacteria that get into your body through a wound such as a cut while gardening or an animal bite. From 1984 to 2007 spanning 21 years a total of 0 cases were reported for the age range 0 to 4. A total of 6 cases were reported for the age range 5 to 14 and between age ranges 0 to 65 a total of 156 were reported of which 33 deaths occurred . Cases reported can be seen here and here.

3.      Whooping cough or pertussis. From 1982 to 2007 spanning a 25 year period a total of 227,262 cases were reported for the age range 0 to 65 of which 188 deaths were reported since 1970. Cases reported between age range 0 to 65 can be seen here and here.

4.      Polio is now a very rare condition and there are only four countries where the condition remains a serious problem. These are Nigeria, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. From 1985 to 2007 spanning a 22 year period a total of 41 cases were reported of which (?) deaths were reported (government data from 1970 to 1989 is conflicting) Data can be viewed here. From 1990 to 2007 4 deaths were reported.

5.     Meningocacal disease (meningitis and septicaemia) From 2000 to 2008 a total of 5966 cases were reported for the age range 0 to 4, of which 358 deaths were reported. Information can be viewed here and here.

6.      Hepatitis A was a common childhood infection in the early 20th Century but now in the 21st century it is an unusual infection in the UK. Data can be viewed here.

7.      Pneumococcal disease. Data is relatively new from 2003 and can viewed here.

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