On 25 August, the US Institute of Medicine released a report on the “adverse events” of eight childhood vaccines. The report summarized the exhaustive evidence on the possible negative health consequences of eight vaccines recommended for children, including the vaccines that prevent measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); chickenpox; and human papilloma virus (HPV).
An excellent science site The Last Word on Nothing is upset and has this to say:
That’s right: in the midst of the most heated anti-vaccine campaign in history, a committee of the nation’s leading scientists and doctors decided to produce a detailed, graphic summary of all the health problems that vaccines cause.
Fair enough. But what about the common, normal people who have multiple sources of information and not just a report? How is it possible that they do not realize skepticism about vaccines is perhaps the most egregious display of stupidity and dumbness?
How many have actually seen a kid with polio? Sure, polio is almost eradicated; but it did not happen by some natural miracle; it required multiple vaccine cycles through many generations. Now we want to give it all up and go back?
They must be out of their minds.
I recommend a long visit to some villages in India to cure them of this “skepticism”.