“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society. Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.” Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Carson failed to define what a safe immunization program is. This is significant because of studies linking vaccinations with many health problems including autism, autoimmune disease, and bowel disease. Common sense alone would suggest that injecting chemicals into babies might be accompanied by health concerns.
With the twenty largest pharmaceutical companies spending over $15 Million on influencing the political dialogue, there has to be a reason. The answer may lie in $5.7 Billion in vaccines that the government purchases annually that’s delivers 37,389% return on their investment.
The question looming as the 800-pound gorilla in the room; if vaccines work, and your child has been vaccinated, why does it matter if another child is not?
Parents have legitimate concerns. By an almost 2 to 1 margin, U.S. children are more likely than their peers in other countries to develop the disorder. And, with the prevalence of Autism increasing by 119.4% from 2000 to 2001, parents may be correct in linking those numbers to the increase in vaccinations during the same period.
Until Dr. Carson can attribute the rise of autism in U.S. children to something other than vaccines he’s no more qualified to make sweeping decrees than the parents of newborn babies trying to protect their children’s health by denying them the massive number of vaccines that has become standard protocol in the U.S.