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Topic: Are Vaccinations Safe?
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Introduction
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting 29 doses of 9 vaccines (plus a yearly flu shot after six months old) for kids aged 0 to six. No US federal laws mandate vaccination, but all 50 states require certain vaccinations for children entering public schools. Most states offer medical and religious exemptions; and some states allow philosophical exemptions.
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"All children should be required to have vaccinations"
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All children should be required to have vaccinations

Vaccinations protect the 'herd'. Herd (community) immunity means that when a critical portion of a population is vaccinated against a contagious disease it is unlikely that an outbreak of the disease will occur, so most members of the community will be protected. Some people, such as those too young or old to be vaccinated, or those with immune deficiencies, cannot be vaccinated.
Vaccines save children and their parents time and money, due to fewer medical expenses and time off from work. Vaccines also protect future generations, preventing birth defects and eradicating diseases.
Vaccines save children and their parents time and money, due to fewer medical expenses and time off from work. Vaccines also protect future generations, preventing birth defects and eradicating diseases. Many vaccine-preventable diseases are still in the United States or "only a plane ride away.” For example, polio and measles can be brought back by travelers to other countries.

 

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"Parents should be able to choose"
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Parents should be able to choose

Medical decisions for children should be left to the parents or caregivers. Personal medical decisions should not be made by government. Freedom over one’s physical person is the most basic freedom of all, and people in a free society should be sovereign over their own bodies. Mandatory vaccines infringe upon constitutionally protected religious freedoms.

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Vaccinations are safe"
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Vaccinations are safe

The scientific consensus is that vaccinations are safe. Major medical organizations state that vaccines are safe. These include the CDS, Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association, UNICEF, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Health Organization.
Even if there is some risk to a small minority of children, we have to take that risk for the common good, because we need herd immunity among the general population.
Ingredients, such as thimerosal, formaldehyde, and aluminum, can be harmful in large doses but they are not used in harmful quantities in vaccines. Children are exposed to more aluminum in breast milk and infant formula than they are exposed to in vaccines

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Some vaccinations are dangerous"
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Some vaccinations are dangerous

Some basic vaccinations may be safe, but others are not. Many studies prove that vaccines may cause problems like autism, ADHD, and diabetes. Some vaccines may cause side effects, including seizures, paralysis, and death. Vaccines contain harmful ingredients, including thimerosal, aluminum, formaldehyde and glutaredldehyde, which can cause a variety of illnesses, such as autism, cancer, coma, heart failure and diabetes.

The Japanese Government has banned a number of vaccines that are currently mandatory in the United States and has strict regulations in place for other Big Pharma drugs and vaccines in general. The citizens of Japan are statistically proven to be the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. The country also has the lowest infant mortality rate on the planet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, all vaccines carry a risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in about one per million children. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) says that vaccines may be linked to learning disabilities, asthma, autism, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and other disabilities.

 

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Understand the results of Japanese opposition to the use of multi-shot vaccinations such as the MMR vaccine.

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Japan has the Lowest Infant Mortality Rate Following Ban on Mandatory Vaccinations

How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"All vaccinations are dangerous"
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All vaccinations are dangerous

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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A Message for the Anti-Vaccine Movement
Jimmy feels that all of this anti-vaccination silliness is starting to snowball, so he invited some real doctors to address it. These are actual medical professionals so hear them out and then decide for yourself.
 
 
 

Should We Trust Baby Vaccinations? Russell Brand
 
 
 
Link: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?
Procon.org, Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues
 
 
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Danger to the immune system

The vaccine is not effective. But what is it doing to your immune system? Do you know? Do they know? And do you want to risk Guillain-Barre syndrome, which has been linked to flu vaccinations? Why are you/they pressuring everyone? Do you trust Western medicine and the sincerity of the Big-pharma-industrial complex?

The problem with over vaccination (what is it 46 vaccination shots in the first year of life now?) is that, along with over-sanitization (anti-bacterial everything everywhere) we are triggering a host of auto-immune disorders, as immune system scours the body looking for someplace to attack. The Times Health section has written about this, or check out https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/46/9/1469/330414.

I am 63, eat well, rest well, know how to relax, work hard, and have the flu once as an adult and it did not kill me. And, I probably caught it on a plane coming back from a trip in the dead of winter in which I got very chilled and had high levels of in-law induced stress.

No. I know so many people who have gotten the flu even though they took the shot. Leave my immune system alone, thank you very much.

www.bodymindwellnesscenter.com




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Text: Japan has the Lowest Infant Mortality Rate Following Ban on Mandatory Vaccinations
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Japan has the Lowest Infant Mortality Rate Following Ban on Mandatory Vaccinations

Seven years ago, Japan stopped using the MMR vaccine, making them one of the only developed nations to stop using the cocktail. While other nations may have snubbed their noses at the decision, Japan walked away because of the “3,969 medical compensation claims relating to vaccines in the last 30 years, a quarter had been made by those badly affected by the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine…” 1

In 1993, after 1.8 million children had been given two types of MMR and a record number had developed non-viral meningitis and other adverse reactions, they decided enough was enough. (What is it going to take for us to decide the same thing?)

“The Japanese government realized there was a problem with MMR soon after its introduction in April 1989 when vaccination was compulsory… An analysis of vaccinations over a three-month period showed one in every 900 children was experiencing problems. This was over 2,000 times higher than the expected rate of one child in every 100,000 to 200,000.”2

And so, in 1993, after public outcry fueled by concerns over the flu vaccine, the government dropped the requirement for children to be vaccinated against measles or rubella. (The government switched to another MMR vaccine in October 1991 but the incidence was still high with one in 1,755 children affected. And then in 1999, the government reconsidered using MMR but decided it was safer to keep the ban and continue using individual vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella.)

Anti-Vaccine Japan Has World’s Lowest Child Death Rate & Highest Life Expectancy
https://healthimpactnews.com/2018/japan-has-the-lowest-infant-mortality-rate-following-ban-on-mandatory-vaccinations/



Anti-Vaccine Japan Has World’s Lowest Child Death Rate & Highest Life Expectancy

 
 
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Conclusion
Ask the impossible question!
1. Is there a decent balance or compromise we can make, taking into account the real, underlying needs (what is good and true) of each side? 2. How can we address the underlying situation that created the problem to begin with (not just by addressing current, external issues)?


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