Friday, December 16, 2016

A Scary Look into Trump Vaccination Policy

A Scary Look into Trump Vaccination Policy

This article looked into the Trump vaccination policy; while Trump is not actually anti vaccination (which I must say is a relief!) this article described how he has adopted a "slow vaxxing'policy - this is essentially the idea that children are vaccinated very slowly to make sure that they are not allergic to vaccines, and apparently occupies a "middle ground" between vaxers and anit-vaxers.

However, as this Slate article amplified, slow vaxxing is completely contrary to scientific research - vaccines havent been shown to cause the illnesses that Trump could be worrying about, and Trump's argument that slow vaxxing delays vaccination risk is FALSE as not vaccinating children actually increases risk! His stance only enables anti-vaxxers to keep pushing their position that vaccines are in fact dangerous... which is flat out untrue.

I couldn't agree with this article more - it is absolutely terrifying that trump is ignoring blatant, scientific fact while enabling people to wait to vaccinate our children. Our president should be at the forefront of research and promotion for the public health benefits of vaccination, and not endorsing non scientific, blatant lies. I wonder what, if anything, could be done to change this.
Source: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2016/12/trump_s_endorsement_of_slow_vaxxing_explains_his_appeal.html (Published December 5th, 2016)

- Ashley Jowell

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