Despite the demonization of people who opt out of some vaccinations for their children, there is another side to the story.
I have to admit that I saw the original Weston A. Price story on this topic but decided not to discuss it on this blog. The bullying hatred for people who don’t think everyone should be coerced to vaccinate is so great that I didn’t want to become a target of it. I wimped out.
But CNBC did not! “Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease.” They carried the global newswire report.
Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.”
A statement on the website of St. Jude’s Hospital warns parents not to allow people to visit children undergoing cancer treatment if they have received oral polio or smallpox vaccines within four weeks, have received the nasal flu vaccine within one week, or have rashes after receiving the chickenpox vaccine or MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.
“The public health community is blaming unvaccinated children for the outbreak of measles at Disneyland, but the illnesses could just as easily have occurred due to contact with a recently vaccinated individual,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
I don’t agree with everything that comes out of the WAPF, but I do think their position that the recently vaccinated should be quarantined to protect the public deserves some consideration. Would that idea be rejected for a real health reason? Or would it be resisted because it might make more of the public learn about how vaccines work?
I’m not anti-vaccination for serious disease. But I think people should be free to make their own health choices based on the evidence as they see it. If you want to change people’s behavior, then you should engage in rational persuasion. If people think vaccinations are unsafe in some way, they are not going to change their minds because you mock or threaten them.
And, since it is supposed to be a free country, you have no business begging the government to threaten them to do what you want.