AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER.
It’s a commonly held belief that people, including doctors, are either pro-vaccine, in other words they believe that all vaccines are safe and effective for all people all the time, or anti-vaccine, in other words 100 percent against all vaccines all the time. But is this accurate? Are these the only two legitimate positions about vaccines? It’s absolutely ridiculous to even talk in terms of pro- and anti-vaccine. The reason why is that it would be like talking in terms of pro- or anti-antibiotics. So, you can know that it’s wonderful to have access to antibiotics when you need them, when they’re being used appropriately, when there’s a bacterial infection that an antibiotic can really help beat. That doesn’t mean you would prescribe an antibiotic for a viral infection. But somebody, a doctor or a parent, who didn’t want an antibiotic for a viral infection would never call that person anti-antibiotic, right? So when people are questioning vaccine safety or vaccine efficacy or vaccine necessity, that does not mean that makes them anti-vaccine. That makes them pro-science and pro-common sense and pro-public health.