Photo credit via Flickr cc license. This is not a post about the relative merits of vaccinating versus not vaccinating your children. That question is not up for debate. Throughout history, populations have been decimated by new viruses introduced by explorers and settlers from abroad. Entire tribes of Native people were wiped out after European … [Read more…]
There is a general climate of distrust when it comes to vaccines, I think, due to the highly publicized (and bogus) theory that childhood vaccinations are linked to rising autism rates. (See here how it impacts parents’ decisions regarding H1N1.) Much has been made of the rush to get these vaccines out and of the presence of thimerosal and an adjuvant in the vaccine. I have argued before that standard vaccines are safe and necessary and will now argue in favour of the H1N1 flu vaccine. You should absolutely get vaccinated and I’ll tell you why.