Vaccines -10 Often Unknown Facts About Them

Vaccines -10 Often Unknown Facts About Them



Whether one is for government-mandated vaccinations or believe in the informed consent of the individual, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about vaccines. With the freedom of choice as to whether to vaccinate or not coming under question, here are 10 often unknown vaccine facts many people may not have considered.

  1. Questioning vaccine safety does not make a person an “anti-vaxxer.” Most people do vaccinate, but want the choice to decide which vaccines to use on which schedule. (“Anti-anything” is a common astroturfing {see sources} technique that results in marginalizing others.)
  2. There are only two states in the U.S. that don’t allow personal or religious exemptions for vaccines: Mississippi and West Virginia, but several states are contemplating removing all but a medical exemption (and qualification varies and in some cases is left open for interpretation). To find out if there are plans to remove personal exemptions in your state, visit
  3. For a physician or legislator to even question vaccine safety is a risky move. A health official in Spokane Washington recently questioned whether vaccines should be mandatory and was asked to resign. When he refused, he was threatened with termination.
  4. Jenny McCarthy was right. There actually is an autism/vaccine connection. It is printed right on the vaccine insert for pertussis.
  5. Vaccines do not last forever. If you last had your vaccines as a child, chances are they have worn off and you are walking around unvaccinated. (But do not tell anyone—they might call you an anti-vaxxer.)
  6. Vaccinated people can infect unvaccinated people. There is a shedding period for some vaccines in which the vaccinated individual is contagious and can spread the disease.
  7. There is an adult vaccine program in the works, the National Adult Immunization Plan. Although it does not specifically mention mandating vaccines for adults, if more states remove the personal choice exemption for children, then the legal precedent will be set. Some believe that is why there is a push to remove exemptions for children.
  8. The U.S. currently mandates vaccines at a rate that is twice that recommended in other first world countries (37 vs. 17). A 2013 study by the Institute of Health could not find any evidence that the greater amount of vaccination in the U.S. was beneficial.
  9. Vaccine injury is not 1: 1 million, as is commonly heard. In Oregon, the VAERS reports shows that one death occurs for every 16,666 vaccinated. Serious injury occurs in approximately every 4,500 in that state.* The Center for Disease Control(CDC)’s site says 30,000 adverse reactions to vaccines are posted annually, with 10-15 percent of them (3,000 to 4,500) serious, causing hospitalization, lifelong injury or death.
  10. Mercury (found in Thimerosal) has not been removed from all vaccines. It exists in many flu vaccines, some DTaP vaccines, and even in some eye drops.

Whether one is for government-mandated vaccinations or believe in the informed consent of the individual, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about vaccines. These are just 10 often unknown vaccine facts which ought to be considered as this country is tossing around potential laws for mandatory vaccinations.

By Yvonne Aileen



Federal Register

The Refusers

The Columbian

National Vaccine Information Center

YouTube on Astroturfing

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  1. All good points. However, regarding #4, the Tripedia DTaP vaccine is the only one that listed autism as a potential side effect, and it has been discontinued: . Better evidence for the vaccine connection is that fact that the Vaccine Injury Compensation program has paid compensation for injuries like encephalopathy that resulted in autism. For example, see