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There are so many vaccine conspiracies, some have been there for a very long time, since the invention of the first vaccine, while others are just recent. When we talk about vaccines, we cannot fail to talk about the conspiracies behind them, even though the government does not like, and most governments tend to control this kind of talk. This list of vaccine conspiracies will be enough to convince you why to avoid various vaccinations whether for yourself or your children.

The Smallpox Vaccination[edit]

Smallpox vaccination started in the early 1800s, following its introduction by Edward Jenner in 1798. Jenner performed several cowpox experiments, and he claimed that the vaccination could protect a child from smallpox. As much as Jenner’s ideas looked novel for his time, there were still various important factors that were not considered. The most common factors included sanitary, scientific, religious and political objections. At the time, even the vaccine supporters became concerned about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. In fact, the vaccination itself induced fear and protest among parents. The administration of the vaccine which involved the scoring of a child’s arm, then inserting lymph from a blister of a person who had been vaccinated about a week earlier was just scary. This was actually considered “unchristian” by the clergy because it came from an animal. It was impossible to guarantee sterility because of the method of administration of the vaccine, which involved arm-to-arm and eventual animal-to-human transfer of virus. The vaccination was then accompanied by diseases due to contamination and the non-science public believed that the vaccine was not safe at all. This also attracted the attention of anti-vaccine doctors such as Dr Charles Creighton who asserted that the vaccine itself was the cause of syphilis. Several cases of smallpox began to occur in those who had been vaccinated earlier, thus people started questioning the invention of the vaccine by Jenner and his belief that it could offer complete protection. The vaccination violated peoples’ personal liberty. The vaccination was both dangerous and ineffective. The government went on ahead to develop mandatory vaccine policies which were met with immediate resistance from citizens. All people wanted was the right to control their bodies and those of their children, something that they were clearly denied by the mandatory policies. This actually increased the tension between anti-vaccine movements and the government. People did not have control over what they should have administered into their bodies. Penalties for vaccine refusals were put up, but still anti-vaccine movements continued with their protests. It seemed that the smallpox vaccine was being forced on people.

Mercury in Vaccines[edit]

Thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound that was used as a preservative in vaccines and has been at the core of vaccinations and autism controversy. Thimerosal contains 50% ethylmercury by weight. In 1997, there was no data suggesting harm from the amount of ethylmercury used in vaccines. However, the American Academy of Paediatrics and the Public Health Service recommended the immediate reduction or removal of mercury from all vaccines given to children. This might have been a precautionary directive, but the public had concerns about the presence of mercury in vaccines given to young infants. The presence of mercury in the vaccines could lead to mercury poisoning in infants which could actually be fatal. However, in 2001, the Institute of Medicine’s Immunization Safety Review Committee issued a report in claiming that there was not enough evidence to prove or disprove claims that thimerosal in vaccines for infants causes autism, a deficit in attention, hypersensitivity disorder or speech delay. Another more recent report is in favour of a rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal and autism. From the first report, clearly, it’s not clear if the presence of mercury in childhood vaccines could cause any of the aforementioned disorders. This shows that there was a probability that the thimerosal could cause, if not all at least, one of the disorders. Also, in the most recent report that favours the rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal and autism, still we are not sure if it mercury can cause the other disorders including attention deficit, hypersensitivity disorder or speech or language delay. There could be some probability. Today, thimerosal is no longer used in most vaccines for young children, but it may be used in some forms of influenza vaccine available in multi-dose vials. Due to the lack of clear results, it is better to avoid vaccines which contain thimerosal, for we are not sure about what the preservative can cause.

HPV Vaccine[edit]

The human paplomavirus (HPV) vaccines have been associated with several cases such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). These syndromes all have the same symptoms and are linked to HPV vaccination. Japan had to temporarily suspend the proactive recommendation of HPV vaccination following reports of seventeen suspected CRPS cases after HPV vaccination. Quantitative analyses did not suggest a link between CRPS and HPV vaccination. But still, the reports came after the administration of the vaccine, so we cannot just go by the quantitative analyses. In 2015, Denmark requested a review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) into the safety of HPV vaccines. This was after a documentary called “The Vaccinated Girls – Sick and Betrayed” was publicly aired. HPV vaccines are difficult to trust. They have been associated with adverse reactions such as POTS. Although there remains no sufficient evidence to suggest an increased risk of developing CRPS and POTS following HPV vaccination, the anti-vaccine bodies are still up against vaccine. Moreover, CDC has found that Gardasil, a type of HPV vaccine, is related to fainting, dizziness, nausea, headache, fever and injection site pain. There is still some level of danger associated with the HPV vaccine.

The Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy[edit]

Just recently in September 2017, researchers at the CDC published an article warning that an influenza vaccine given in the first trimester of pregnancy might have caused miscarriages. This was shocking owing to the fact that about of all pregnant women in the United States receive an annual flu vaccine. The published was greatly opposed, especially by a Dr Paul Offit, a professor of paediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Centre at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia citing a small sample size and inconsistency in the CDC’s observation. This was expected. Definitely, anyone who is advocating for vaccines would try as much as possible to refute any results or observations that tend to disapprove the safety of vaccines.

Understanding the Conspiracies[edit]

Vaccinations have always provoked anxiety. The safety of all vaccines comes into question not only because of the distrust of the pharmaceutical industry but also, the role of the government. The government has established vaccination policies that truly raise questions about the force and power of the government. The interlocking anxieties about science, the accuracy of media information and government control seem to contribute to the growing avoidance of vaccination. There is so much distrust in the pharmaceutical industry. To some extent, the distrust can be justified because there are several people who developed certain disorders and complications after they received a particular vaccine. Now, things don’t always happen by coincidence, especially when it comes to the field of medicine. Moreover, whenever an observation was made that seem to disapprove the safety of vaccines, the vaccine support bodies, would come up quickly to discredit the observations, some even without proper research. We have actually seen thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury being stopped completely from use in certain vaccines for children. This shows that the body was very much aware of the adverse effects that mercury could have on children who received particular vaccines. However, thimerosal is still being used in some forms of influenza vaccines available as multi-dose vials. That still poses a danger to children and it should be avoided. All the information about the safety concerns of vaccines can be overwhelming for some parents to sift through for them to make their own well-informed decision. Vaccines have been associated with short-term adverse reactions, while others may have the possibility of long-lasting negative effects. We are always unsure of what could happen to our children if they received multiple vaccines. This causes parents to completely refuse vaccines. The dangers associated with vaccinations should not be overestimated. Parents often have concerns that when multiple vaccines are simultaneously administered, they may overload their child’s immune system. And when they allow all of the vaccines to be administered according to the recommended schedule it will make the safety risk greater. The side effects of vaccines can be more extensive than what we are always told by physicians and sometimes the risks could outweigh the benefits of vaccinating our children. Trust between the people and the pharmaceutical industry can only be built if we no longer have cases emerging after receiving vaccines.