Vaccination truthers have been publishing articles reporting that American children will soon be required to take a staggering 271 different vaccines. It is true that at least 271 vaccines are under development, but legal requirements are another matter.
Chances are that if you are connected to Facebook, or you read any natural health news, you have seen articles claiming that 271 new vaccines are under development in the United States, and soon every school child and many adults will be required to take all of them.
There is an element of truth to this claim. As of the end of 2013, there were in fact at least 271 new vaccines under development in the USA. The publication News Medical identified 395 vaccines in development as long ago as 2010.
Vaccines are likely to be released by 2025 for:
- Certain kinds of breast cancer (not every kind of breast cancer, as some publications have suggested).
- Certain kinds of cervical cancer (tied to specific strains of human papillomavirus).
- Certain kinds of lung cancer.
- Certain kinds of pancreatic cancer.
- Dengue fever.
- Yellow fever.
- Some strains of malaria.
- Allergic asthma.
- Lyme disease.
- Peanut allergies.
Eliminating these often-fatal diseases would seem to be a good thing. Anti-vaxxers, however, raise the concern that there are probably only so many vaccinations that the human body can take. They happen to be right about that. Where they are wrong is to suggest that everybody will be required by law to take every vaccine.
Think about it. Women aren't not going to be required to take some future vaccine for prostate cancer. Men are not going to be required to take a vaccine for estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. (That's because they would never get these diseases.)
People who aren't allergic to peanuts aren't going to be required to take vaccines to prevent peanut allergies. No one is going to worry about Lyme disease in the Mojave desert. Malaria vaccine isn't going to be required in Barrow, Alaska.
It's true that vaccines cost tens of millions of dollars to develop, and pharmaceutical companies expect to earn hundreds of millions of dollars as a result. It's also true that the total cost of vaccinations in the US alone may approach $100 billion in 2025, which is about the same as the total cost of hamburgers in the US. What isn't true is the cockeyed notion that every vaccine in every instance is some money-making scheme for some politician who will vote to make taking it a legal requirement in his or her state, even if a few have been.
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Survey data show that seven out of 10 pediatricians in the United States deal with at least one parent per year who expresses "vaccine hesitancy." This is defined as being slow to accept or actually refusing a vaccination for a child on the basis of belief in a conspiracy theory, or because of reports of horrible side effects of the treatment in other children.
There's nothing at all wrong with questioning a vaccine, and there are in fact cases in which a particular vaccine is wrong for a particular child.
However, physicians report that:
- Parents who agree to have their children vaccinated usually ask what the vaccine is for, agreeing to the vaccination when they understand the reasons why, and
- Parents who do not agree to have their children vaccinated usually do not ask what the vaccine is for, they simply reject it.