Let me be clear, I’m not advocating for vaccines to be banned and I’m fully aware of their benefits for individuals and society as a whole; I’m not an anti-vaxxer by any means. HOWEVER, I am skeptical of some vaccines (like the flu shot) and how much they’re pushed on us, and why we’re not able to even question their safety or have any kind of debates about them. There’s so much shaming of anti-vaxxers (especially on Reddit – it’s actually kind of weird how much it happens here) and I understand it to some extent but why aren’t we even allowed to ask legitimate questions about vaccines without being dismissed outright and labeled as ignorant science-deniers?
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created to resolve vaccine related injuries and over the past 30 years, they’ve paid more than $3.7bil to people that have been injured by vaccines. With attorneys fees included, they’ve paid more than $4bil. That’s a lot of money paid for something that we’re not allowed to question…. and if I’m being 100% honest, I think Big Pharma, et al bankrolled the politicians that enacted it in order to avoid liability and personal accountability. By having a fund and government run program in place, companies that make the vaccines avoid civil suits with individual payouts but more importantly, they avoid the chance of potentially damning evidence being produced during discovery.
Again, I’m not an anti-vaxxer but I am very skeptical of why we’re not allowed to ask legitimate questions about vaccines without being shamed into silence.
Also there are some anti-vaxxers that absolutely need to be called out for being stupid, but the degree of shaming that happens on Reddit sometimes makes me wonder if there’s an astroturf campaign funded by Big Pharma.