The 21st century, the dominance of media and the free access to various information enabled every layman to confuse “being informed” with “being educated” and every anonymous to easily get his share of public attention. Probably the worst consequences occur when incompetent people interfere with science and medicine. This could be a short explanation of decades lasting global hype against immunization.
Does vaccine causes autism
Discovery of the vaccines, fighting with infectious diseases and finally eradication of some of them are one of the most significant events in the history of medicine. Immunization is the safest and most effective way of protecting people from infections and WHO conducted series of global programs to provide this protection to all everyone.
At the same time, led by some controversial people without medical qualifications and focused on alleged side effects of vaccines, people oppose immunization and blame vaccines for various modern diseases.
Many of these individuals are parents making decisions in the name of their children, violating their right to vital healthcare. Immunization opponents demand free choice and WHO warns about responsibility for public health and neglecting proven scientific facts. Poor memory of pre – vaccine era gives a chance to pseudoscience in North America to point fingers into side effect of vaccines
Like any other therapeutic method in medicine, vaccines also have their contraindications and possible risks and complications. These weak aspects of immunization are statistically marginal, but in times when vaccinable diseases are well controlled, extremely rare complications of vaccines are noticed and easily exaggerated. The majority of current citizens in this region have never seen or felt epidemic of some of these diseases and cannot observe clearly all the benefits gained via immunization. After few conspiracy stories widely spread by the sensational press, modern parents panic, accuse and associate vaccines to health condition based on assumptions and rumors. Dominant wrong belief is the one claiming a connection between MMR vaccine and autism or the one about toxic mercury as vaccine ingredient, all used as preplanned ways to bring profit to Big Pharma. The majority of countries support optional system of immunization, giving parents right to choose. The medical community allows exemptions due to medical reasons, but parents tend to refuse vaccination due to mistrust, fear, wrong beliefs or religious motives. With raising resistance to immunization, America, and many other countries are at risk of herd immunity protection deterioration. Canada imposes various regulations after the outbreak of measles
Despite the lack of evidence and constant reassuring by the medical community that there are no any safety concerns, the prototype of Canadian parent resisting vaccination is the one worrying about child’s health. Conspiracy hysteria promoted by media created critical mistrust in vaccines and immunization rates began to drop. This was followed by outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and mumps, all previously suppressed by immunization. To sustain public health measures and protect those who cannot be vaccinated, government imposed some new regulations, including the one that obligates daycares and child care centers to decline unvaccinated children.
Province of Ontario came up with a creative penalty
This community decided to keep optional immunization system, but to invest into educations, public health strategy promotion and raising awareness. Also, Health Minister proposed legislation obligating all parents who refuse vaccination to undergo course and medical lessons on this matter.
The announced new law means that each parent considering not vaccinating his child will have to take science classes and work with health professionals.
This is an attempt to educate parents, explain them this complex issue and allow them to make an educated and well-informed decision later.