By Heather Fraser, author of The Peanut Allergic Epidemic (2011)
The SmartVax web site does two important and new things: it offers concerned parents a place where they can obtain balanced information on vaccine risks and benefits; and it highlights parental concerns about vaccine safety to the wider public. This adds to what we already know from polls and anecdotal evidence: vaccine safety is a number one concern for parents.
I have now given more than half a dozen interviews about The Peanut Allergy Epidemic. After outlining historical evidence of vaccine damage and current vaccine risks to children, I am asked to advise parents on what they should do! Invariably, I point to the SmartVax web site as a place for constructive and balanced information. Significantly, this information is non-adversarial, straightforward and compelling. It includes: basic links to vaccine monographs; an explanation for the rise of pertussis in California; and even points to the fact that in many instances we lack data on risks and more research needs to be done. This is enough to give vaccine consumers mental room to ask those important questions such as are we over- vaccinated? Do we know enough about the adverse events that can emerge from the increasing variety of shots? How do these vaccines work on the gut and lead to neurological damage and allergies?
As consumers, it is our right AND our responsibility to ask these questions. It is hard for parents to resist a trusted doctor and public pressure to use products about which they usually know nothing. Few parents realize that should their child experience vaccine damage and they decide to stop vaccinating chances are they will be ostracized by their community or even branded as anti-vaccine. This shuts down the conversation where smartvax opens it up again and refocuses our thoughts on vaccine safety.
Bottom line is that we live in a risk society and our best defense is knowledge. I am grateful for the sanity of smartvax.com
By Heather Fraser
July 11, 2011