I’ve always claimed that if I have children, I’ll try to vaccinate roughly half of them at random. Everybody finds this Solomon Solution offensive, of course, because everybody’s pretty convinced of their position that vaccinations save children’s lives or that vaccinations poison and endanger them. I reckon I’m just indecisive like that, open to different opinions and inclined to hedge my bets.
Vaccines are vexing. They have indeed saved millions and millions of lives, and will surely save millions more. They’ve been a public health revolution. Furthermore, much of the research on the supposed dangers don’t really stack up to peer review. The evidence that vaccines cause autism and the concerns about this or that ingredient being dangerous haven’t been convincing for me.
I am, however, strongly opposed to mandatory vaccines for the following reasons:
#1: Diversity is Our Strength!
Medical science is not exact, with the science relating to the nature and function of the human immune system being perhaps the least exact of all medical sciences. Humanity’s immune system signatures are as diverse and distinct as our fingerprints and faces, and that diversity is a strength. Humanity’s been battling viruses since long before germ theory and modern vaccinations came along. While vaccinations might be a powerful new weapon in our arsenal, if we make them mandatory and universal then we’re depriving ourselves of the very diversity of responses which are a time-proven survival strategy for the human herd.
#2: Unknown Unknowns
Donald Rumsfeld famously opined that… Read the rest of this entry →