The burden of anti-vaccination movement

Diseases such as mumps and measles, once on the brink of being eradicated because of vaccination, are making a comeback.(Los Angeles Times)

The anti-vaccination movement has a long history, beginning in France in 1763 and continuing through to today. Nowadays, anti-vaccination online hubs are leaping on to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 infodemic is feeding the trolls.  As with all hot-button issues, it’s important to have accurate information and listen to both sides of the story.

Anti-vaccination Movements: History of  the Vaccine Debate

In the below infographic, developed by Mark Kirkpatrick, a freelance health journalist and dietitian, we discuss the reasoning and history behind the anti-vaccination movement. In the early days of immunization, distrust in vaccines was well-warranted. There was no official quarantine procedure for those who’d already been inoculated and 18th Century doctors didn’t have quite the same standards as us when it came to sanitation and disease prevention. But as you can see, medical knowledge and standards have progressed greatly since those times and today’s vaccinations are a safe and effective tool in battling global health issuesOne of the biggest myths being propagated in the compliant mainstream media today is that doctors are either pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, and that the anti-vaccine doctors are all “quacks.” However, any journalist or investigative reporter covering this issue with any integrity at all will quickly discover that this is very far from the truth. such as measles and rubella.

The history of anti-vaccination movements.

More than just a timeline of anti-vaccination movements, this infographic also includes useful information about vaccination itself, some of which might very well surprise you. For example: did you know that the first immunizations were administered in China in the 10th Century BCE? Or that the famed French philosopher Voltaire argued strongly for immunizations?

The Real Issue with Vaccines: Why I’m Neither Pro-vaccine or Anti-vaccine?

One of the biggest myths being propagated in the compliant mainstream media today is that doctors are either pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, and that the anti-vaccine doctors are all “quacks.” However, any journalist or investigative reporter covering this issue with any integrity at all will quickly discover that this is very far from the truth.

As is illustrated in this infographic, we can broadly categorize many different positions on vaccines that doctors hold to and follow in their practice of treating patients. The two most extreme positions are those who are 100% against vaccines and do not administer them at all, and those doctors who believe all vaccines are completely safe and effective, and should be forced upon everyone who does not share their belief. Very few doctors fall into either of these two extremist positions, and yet it is the extreme pro-vaccine position that is presented by the U.S. Government and mainstream media as being the dominant position of the medical field. In between these two extreme views, however, is where the vast majority of doctors practicing today would probably categorize their position. Many doctors who consider themselves “pro-vaccine,” for example, do not believe that every single vaccine is appropriate for every single individual. They would be opposed to government-mandated vaccinations and the removal of parental exemptions. Many doctors recommend a “delayed” vaccine schedule for some patients, and not always the recommended one-size-fits-all CDC childhood schedule. Other doctors choose to recommend vaccines based on the actual science and merit of each vaccine, recommending some, while determining that others are not worth the risk for children, such as the suspect seasonal flu shot.

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