The Two Sides to the Vaccine Safety Debate, by Karen Selick

Vaccines can be dangerous, and that’s a truth that can’t be shouted down. From Karen Selick at lewrockwell.com:

This article is about a recent event in eastern Canada, but it should ring a cautionary bell for people around the world, since we will all soon be facing a similar issue.

New Brunswick’s education minister Dominic Cardy is fuming because an amendment to provincial legislation that he championed was recently defeated in a free vote. Had it been successful, the amendment would have made numerous vaccinations mandatory for school children in New Brunswick, removing an exemption that previously existed for students whose parents filed a written objection.

According to Mr. Cardy, “There are no two sides [to the debate] around the safety of vaccines.” He described opponents of his bill as having given in to “medieval conspiracy theories.” Rhetoric like this is common these days.

However, existing legislation in the Canadian province of Ontario indicates that Mr. Cardy and those who make similar statements are profoundly misinformed on this subject.

In June, 1987, Ontario adopted a law on immunization that’s now section 38 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.  It applies to the vaccines for 13 different diseases, including diphtheria, polio, measles and influenza. It requires doctors, nurses and pharmacists to watch for and report any adverse reactions to the vaccines they administer, including:

  • Persistent crying or screaming, or anaphylactic shock, within 48 hours of vaccination
  • Shock-like collapse, high fever, or convulsions occurring within 3 days of vaccination
  • Arthritis occurring within 42 days of vaccination
  • Hives, seizures, encephalopathy, brain inflammation or other significant occurrence within 15 days of vaccination
  • Death following any of the symptoms already described.

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