We all know what vaccines are and why we get them, but almost nobody knows how they work and how important they are to modern society.
Let’s start with how they work and why they have no capacity to harm you in any way. Vaccines work by using a dead or handicapped pathogen, along with tiny amounts of metals. The metals irritate the area the vaccine is injected which triggers an immune system response, which discovers the pathogen. It then creates different antibodies to capture it, and remembers which antibody sticks for later. This means if you come across it later, it will be killed by your immune system before it even has a chance to harm you.
Now, what I just said probably doesn’t make much sense, or sounds very dangerous at least. For example, the fact that you are injecting yourself with a disease into your body – let alone the fact these diseases are deadly! It sounds ludicrous, but it is completely safe and tested. Don’t even take it from me – 93% of Australians are vaccinated, and they’re all fine.
So, the question arises – why is vaccination such a big problem? My first reaction to these statistics were positive, too. 7% is a very small amount of people – through a phenomenon called herd immunity, the small amount of people not vaccinated would be immunised through the fact that everybody else, being vaccinated, can’t spread the disease to them in the first place.
If only it were that simple.
The major flaw to this unfortunate percentage is the fact that diseases are single celled organisms, and thusly evolve extremely fast. We call these hyper-fast evolved organisms “Super Bugs”, as they are immune to every single medical treatment we have. They are relatively new – appearing around the 1960’s in the form of a minor skin rash that could not be treated.
Superbugs are formed, ironically, by medical advances in vaccines and prescription drugs. It isn’t, however, a flaw in the drugs themselves – it’s a flaw in how they are used, or, how they aren’t used. Remember, only 93% of Australians are vaccinated. In the hypothetical situation where 100% of people worldwide are fully vaccinated, any disease we vaccinate against would be completely eradicated. Because it would no longer exist, it could no longer evolve to resist the vaccines we created. The real world is in a less fortunate place.
The above diagram shows that because those 7% of Australians aren’t vaccinated, it endangers the entire population. Imagine if this happened with a very dangerous virus, like Hepatitis A or Pneumonia, both viruses that mutate immunity almost as fast as we create new vaccinations for them. Superbugs are probably the biggest threat to humanity in the modern era, even though it could be so easily avoided if we just took our shots and finished our medication.
So, then, why don’t people vaccinate? I’m not going to sugar-coat it. People are ignorant and delusional. They think vaccinations are dangerous – even making the absurd claim they can cause autism. This is literally impossible and comes from a sore misunderstanding of what autism is.
Saying that vaccines cause autism is like saying if you take an asthma puffer the veins in your arm will rearrange themselves. It’s preposterous and shouldn’t even be considered.
Another reason people don’t vaccinate is fear of either an allergic reaction or chemicals in the vaccine. Only one in a million people are actually allergic to vaccines, so you really shouldn’t worry about it. By contrast, you have a one in ten thousand chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime. Another thing people are worried about are the “dangerous chemicals” in vaccines. These include:
Thimerosal – an organic compound that contains ethylmercury, a safer version of methylmercury, what we find in fish. This chemical is used to avoid fungal or bacterial contamination, and was discontinued in 1999 with the exception of the flu shot, which you can get thimerosal-free options for, anyway.
Formaldehyde – the chemical used to deactivate viruses and detoxify bacteria, which stops you from feeling sick after being injected. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, and long-term exposure has been known to cause certain types of cancer. It is, however, far more abundant – by a factor of 50-70 – in newborn babies than any vaccine is.
Aluminum – which strengthens an immune response, lowering the dosage of vaccines needed. Although in large doses it can cause bone and brain cancer, it is extremely abundant in air, water, and soil, the vaccine contains barely more than you would find in the natural environment.
Gelatin – used as a preservative for vaccines, keeping them stable and functioning in extreme temperatures. Gelatin causes half the allergic reactions caused by vaccines – one in every two million. There are gelatin free versions available for vegans.
If that still doesn’t convince you, consider again the fact that 93% of Australians are vaccinated – and they are all fine.
So, after reading this, let’s play a game of “would you rather”. Would you rather a little needle, or a bio-apocalypse?
- Kurzgesagt.org and youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt
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