A Fact-by-Fact Response to Vaccines 101: Too Much Too Soon?

Shared article from Vaccine Links


There’s an article circulating from the scientificparent.org that I’d like to go over as I’ve seen it popping up a lot. I admit I was impressed by the article: It’s well-written, well-resourced, doesn’t call parents “ignorant” and doesn’t even mention Jenny McCarthy… That’s progress!

However, when it comes to the facts, there are some things that are lacking.

The Immune System: Antigens, Antibodies, and Allergies

The Immune System and Antigens

First off, the article does a great job explaining what antigens are. This is important… Parents should know and understand the components of vaccines! Antigens in a vaccine are the weakened or killed virus, bacteria, or toxoid which antibodies are produced against.

The article goes on to talk about how antigens work with the immune system. The mistake, however, is assuming that vaccines affect the immune system in the same way as pathogens that we come across naturally in our…

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