This is the fourth of nine reasons we’re going to explore for why we decided not to vaccinate our children. If you missed the intro to this series, please read it here. It contains groundwork critical for properly understanding my motivation for writing this series.
In addition to the lack of studies proving that vaccines and autism are not related, there have been no legitimate studies conducted to prove:
- the long-term safety of vaccines
- the safety of combining individual vaccines
- the safety of the secondary ingredients in vaccines (like mercury, aluminum, and antifreeze)
No studies of long-term safety
Donald W. Miller, Jr notes that health officials consider a vaccine to be safe if no bad reactions – like seizures, intestinal obstruction, or anaphylaxis – occur acutely. The CDC has not done any studies to assess the long-term effects of its immunization schedule. To do that they would have to conduct a randomized controlled trial, where one group of children is vaccinated on the CDC’s schedule and a control group is not vaccinated. Investigators would then have to follow the two groups for a number of years, not just three to four weeks, as has been done in the existing vaccine safety studies.
The reason given for why double blind placebo studies can’t be done to prove vaccines work is that we cannot ethically leave some people unprotected to do a study. However, that argument doesn’t make much sense given that we have large populations refusing all vaccines who would be happy to be used as control groups. (See several such groups above in the “Unvaccinated Populations without Autism” section.)
Another flaw in the current vaccine science involves the small numbers used to assess the safety of a vaccine. The CDC itself says,
“While clinical trials provide important information on vaccine safety, the data are somewhat limited because of the small number (hundreds to thousands) of study participants. Rare side effects and delayed reactions may not be evident until the vaccine is administered to millions of people.”
As parents, we find it particularly offensive that the CDC hasn’t taken the time to study the long-term effect of vaccines given the number of vaccines that get introduced that are not even “pandemic prevention” vaccines. In other words, vaccines for so many “diseases” that are really mild illnesses have been rushed to market without the long-term study that would detect “rare side effects and delayed reactions” BEFORE they are administered to millions of people.
No studies of safety of combining vaccines or of secondary ingredients
The National Autism Association does a great job of summarizing these concerns: