During class on Monday we listed off many examples of un/trustworthy research examples in science - one being vaccines. I immediately thought of the blog that I posted just a couple of weeks ago regarding the flu vaccine's untrustworthiness. This vaccine, as we all know, is administrated to anyone who wants it and at several convenient locations such as grocery stores, pharmacy convenience stores - CVS, Walgreens, schools, churches, etc., making the flu vaccine easily attainable. When I think of a vaccine being given at any other place other than the doctor's office, I would normally consider it to be safe because otherwise why would they make it so attainable if they even slightly question its possible effects? I'm sure all the possible side-effects for receiving the flu vaccine are available for viewing, but the few times that I was given the shot I was never told that I could possibly contract Dystonia - the neurological disease that the young woman in the video from the original post had contracted. We are led to believe that vaccines help us and not hurt us, which is shown to be false with this particular case. But the part that scares me the most is that we are encouraged (and sometimes even told) by several different parties to receive these vaccines - parties that we often trust with our health: doctors, pharmacists, etc. The woman from the film said, "she received the vaccine to earn points for her work health plan that gives perks for each level of wellness that is attained." (according to H1N1VaccineRisks.org). How are we supposed to know which vaccines we should be given if seemingly-credible sources are giving us recommendations and incentives to receive them? Can we further trust these seemingly-credible parties that recommend and administer the vaccines? Can we trust the vaccines that we have always thought to be safe? How do we get to the bottom of what is actually safe?
Reference to original blog post: Fear of the Annual Flu Vaccine by djk0467, Week 10: Biofears