Rubella gave me a disability. This is my message to anti-vaxxers

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(CNN)“Oh, we’re not planning to vaccinate.” These are the words a friend says to me in the midst of a conversation about their impending child.

I silently count to ten.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

“How come?” I ask, trying to keep my voice light and airy. Trying to pretend that I don’t feel as though my friend has verbally slapped me across the face with this breezy declaration.
Their answer doesn’t really matter. I’ve heard dozens of reasons. Autism, the world is safer now, the government is using vaccines as a way to get nanobites into the populace, vaccines are just a moneymaking scam. Or, as the wife of White House communications chief Bill Shine tweeted (amid a measles outbreak) recently, childhood diseases like measles “keep you healthy & fight cancer.”
No matter what any of these people say about vaccines, I personally know they’re wrong.
In 1985 my mother was exposed to German Measles due to a failure in herd immunity. Herd immunity is created when the “herd” is vaccinated to the point where the disease, infection, or bacteria has nowhere to go, and no hosts to hide in. My mother remembers getting a rash all over her body on Valentine’s Day and being sick for a week. She didn’t know what it was. She didn’t know she needed her MMR vaccine booster, as they weren’t standard at the time (as they are now). The other thing that she didn’t know? She was pregnant at the time. With me.
As a result, I was born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. I had cataracts in both eyes, a heart defect and hearing loss, plus a handful of other weird symptoms that I would find out later are classically CRS related but didn’t seem so at the time.
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  3. I always tell the story of the Amish and the whooping cough in my home town. They refused to take the children to the hospital and 13 died. Finally the state stepped in, and saved the rest. It took a few years, but the Amish community finally saw the light.

    The underlying issue, is lack of trust, and deservedly so,.. but even so, there are many other possible sources for autism that are not looked at, while the vaccines get the attention. Water, food, air, and my favorite,…. fluctuations in periodic gravitational wave forms. But it’s likely to be pesticides and herbicides as anything else.

    • Really David Odell?

      “Let’s take whooping cough as an example. In 1979 Sweden withdrew use of the DTP vaccine on the basis that it was not effective and possibly unsafe. The fear, of course, would be that with lower vaccination rates, the death rate would increase. So what happened in this case?”

      “A 1995 letter from Victoria Romanus at the Swedish Institute of Infectious Disease Control indicated that deaths from whooping cough remained near zero.”

      The rest of the story can be found here:

      I would highly recommend the 11 minute video from Dr. Humphries. Spot on!

      David Odell, why does your story say something about the Amish dying from whooping cough, then you go into Vaccines not causing autism. How and why do you tie those together?

      I’d love to read the whole story, source?

    • Meow, the whooping cough story is to illustrate how an isolationist group killed children by applying religious beliefs to medicine.

      I did not say, vaccines do not cause autism, I said there are other potential causes not being looked at.
      I find that many anti-vaccine people have beliefs but no background in molecular biology. Vaccines are but one source in a stew made from literally thousands of compounds we ingest, inject and breathe. Medicine is much more heavily regulated and supervised than say, farmers or military. Check the local dollar general, and ask which items sell the most. Self medication for self diagnosed illnesses. I would look there and the food first.

  4. Look at the source. Now VT is using CNN as a reference of truth. You know with Anderson “CIA” Cooper at it’s helm. The guy who went to CIA school, tried it out a couple of years and decided the “corp” wasn’t for him.

    Then traveled around southeast Asia to “find himself”.

    Then after “finding himself” decided to become a reporter.

  5. Whatever your opinion concerning vaccines, the state should never be given the authority to enforce mandatory vaccinations. Big pharma has already covered its ass by legislation exempting it from prosecution for the harmful effects of its poisonous drugs. If vaccines were safe, why would they do that? And now they want mandatory vaccination. This is absolutely obscene. If you believe in vaccines, have yourself vaccinated; but don’t try to force your poisonous brew on the rest of us.

    • Concur – is it so difficult to understand? Believe in vaccines-have them, but don’t force others to have them!
      Realities: my sister’s 1st born boy was enthusiastically vaccinated – within 10 days developed strange
      mixture of autism & epilepsy; upon my urgent advise her 2nd son was NOT vaccinated. He “terrorist”
      as per Ms. Duff, is perfectly functioning adult – ?genetics? did not appear!
      Now he is helping his institutionalized brother, since Pharma has no responsibility. Maybe Ms. Duff would
      like to help.
      Another, our close friend, registered nurse had her son vaccinated, of course, she is a nurse!
      In a week from cheerful talkative boy he became shunned and soon autism was identified.
      Unrelated incidents – I don’t believe that.

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