“Be curious and ask questions. Don’t just accept things as they are. Scientists always ask ‘why’ and ‘how.’ And…read as many books and magazines as you can about science.”
That advice was found in a textbook written for students in elementary school. Had it been written as a stand-alone paragraph, I’d have thoroughly appreciated the quote. But this advice was at the end of a one-page write up in a children’s Science textbook that promoted vaccines. Had the authors of the book, or the doctor himself, an immunologist, added that some vaccines can cause some problems for some people, I’d have not been disappointed.
But I was.
I honestly shouldn’t have been, especially since this sentence was also included in that one-page write up: “Many immunologists hope that vaccines—medicines usually given through a shot—will prevent people from getting sick.” That was my hope, too, as a young mother. Vaccines are the hope for a lot of young mothers.
Until they’re not.
The desire, to help our children be healthy, is strong. So is putting faith into vaccines. When you think you are doing the right thing for your child, like keeping them up-to-date on shots, all sorts of hope happens. It’s only after a vaccine reaction occurs can that hope fade away. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the injury, it will take time for that to happen. Eventually, all hope may completely disappear. When I finally realized what was happening to my own child, which was only after I thought to ask ‘why’ and ‘how’ like that immunologist encourages young students to do, it was too late.
My son’s health was far worse post-vaccination.
Vaccine reactions are not talked about like they should be. Why they happen and how to prevent them are topics officials wish that you just not ask. If you dare, you could be silenced. We have been. So have others. More surely will be.
Even though negatives exist, only those grateful for these medical product will be allowed to be vocal. I wish that they’d be more cautious in what they say, especially about the experimental COVID19 vaccines. With how quickly they made their appearance, and with how not everything can possibly be known about them yet, now is the perfect time for all of us to be asking questions about them.
Once a staunch believer in vaccines, it took several rounds of several different vaccines causing issues for my child for me to change my mind about them. And those vaccines had years’ worth of research on the books! The more I learned about them, and that they did cause problems for others, it’s no wonder I went from feeling hopeful to experiencing utter despair. If I learned anything from that time in my life, it was to continue to ask questions.
That’s something I do still to this day.
“…Years ago, people often died of diseases (such as smallpox) that no one gets any more—thanks to vaccines...”
Thanks to vaccines, my son lost skills. Thanks to vaccines, he’s prone to more illness. Thanks to vaccines I’m wiser than I once was though. For that, I will always be grateful. I asked why, I asked how, I asked all the questions I could think of because what I was told about vaccines – that they would only help my child – was not happening. I went back and asked more when new questions and concerns came to my mind. I know others would prefer I and other parents not question any of them, including the COVID-19 vaccines, but go ahead.
Read the books and the magazines that will educate you.
Do it before more people who want you to know the truth are censored.
Do it before the information you need is removed. Science is about asking why and how. It should never be about hiding facts or silencing people.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.