Why Coronavirus Is Fueling The Anti-vax Movement

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  1. Polio would have gone away anyway. I was shocked when I looked at the numbers of polio cases before the vaccine came out because they were steadily falling. Of course, they continued to fall afterwards. This is also a major pro argument, but we’ll get to that later. Funny enough, the reason we still have polio is because we have a new strain that mutated from a vaccine. Really. Anti-vaxers believe that there are diseases that are nearly extinct because of natural immunity and better hygiene practices, not just vaccines.
  2. This one is full of controversy, but it’s also a major anti-vaxer point, so buckle up: Vaccines harm a certain percentage of children. Any number of injuries could be on this list, and some have more evidence than others. This argument has legal backing from the Supreme Court. ( For those curious fact-checkers or law students who just can’t help themselves, look up Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC). In 1986 the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 helped companies who made vaccines by paying out claims for vaccine related injuries. They ruled that vaccines have “unavoidable, adverse side effects,” and made sure that the companies who made such drugs were not liable to pay out claims of injury. Instead the government would. This leads to number three.
  3. The government has paid out over $4 billion for vaccine related injuries. This makes vaccines a social program paid for by American tax payers. Anti-vaxers believe that the companies that make vaccines should also be responsible for them.
  4. Bonus: This isn’t an argument, but it often comes up in discussions. They can’t believe people are so mean to anti-vaxers.
  1. Vaccines virtually eradicated polio. The end. If you disagree you’re stupid and need to wake up.
  2. There may be a few cases of adverse reactions, but as a whole vaccines are good for boosting a society’s immunity.
  3. $4 billion is a relatively low number if you look at how many people are in the United Sates, so there’s still more benefit than cost.
  4. Bonus: I can’t believe anyone would be anti-vax.

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