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This article is a perfect example why you need actual science education in order to understand complex things like vaccination, one of the worst side effects of the information age is the "death of expertise." People read a little information they find online, and think they understand complex and important systems like the sensitization and function of the immune system.
This woman in the linked article clearly does not understand how the immune system works, what "hygiene theory" is, or how vaccines prime an immune system to fight a nascent infection. There is a reason that vets or doctors go to medical/veterinary school for years, to understand the complex set of risks/benefits that come with every medicine/vaccine. There is no free lunch in nature, and they understand that often the perfect is the enemy of the good. Anybody who tells you that no risk is acceptable is just wrong, and is living a fantasy world, everything has risks, even doing nothing. The data and statistics have shown over and over that vaccinations have been the greatest saver of lives in history and has prevented untold suffering in both dogs and people.
Unlike my much more compassionate wife, I do judge people that don't vaccinate, with the obvious exception of optional vaccines.
It's perfectly natural and good to ask questions and challenge from your vet or doctor, as EvaElizabeth can attest, I've yelled at doctors for not answering my questions about my son on more than one occasion. It's not your job to be an expert of medicine, but it is your job to be an expert on your child/dog.
Listen to your doctor and your vet, who has read the scientific studies, listened to experts in the field, and understands the complex interplay of risks and rewards that comes through years of experience. Of course it goes without saying, you should have a vet that you trust and respect. Don't listen to fear-mongers and articles from sites like the former, who come up with half baked theories and conspiracies.
Last edited by aroq; 03-10-2019 at 01:30 PM.