Shock the Flock: The Herd is Absurd.
This last couple of weeks has seen the vaccine conflict at the forefront of many conversations. The buzz ‘word’ is herd immunity. Or ‘community immunity’. Among all this ‘flock shock’ is the parent against parent battle. The greater good versus the individual and science versus science.
Vaccination does not guarantee immunity, and no one can say how long any immunity lasts in an individual. Herd immunity relies on successful vaccination. This article explains herd immunity: but be aware: who funded this article?
As I read the article, it felt more opinion than impartial examination. I had to read past the leaps in logic to interpret the facts. At the tip of this is the assumption that vaccination = immunity. Then comes the logical leap based on unproved hypothesis from 100 years ago, supported by natural processes, but assumed in vaccinated populations.
As an advocate for the Informed Decision, I revisit past decisions, reassess information and seek further understanding. Always keeping in mind who is saying it, why and how…if the ‘death card’ is played, the hair on my neck stiffens and my cynicism unfolds. I will not blindly accept the greater good argument, because personal circumstances largely negate this. I will not blindly accept the herd immunity catchphrase, when it is based on unfounded premise and sold to me under no uncertain terms as my obligation to society.
The cold nimby stone dwelling in my heart pings with ‘natural selection’ theory and sits on a happy pedestal of ‘not applicable to me’ privilege. I want to hide behind that cold stone, but find instead a rock warmed by the sun, sheltered from the wind where others (like me) are questioning and talking about it reasonably and intelligently. It is a nicer place to be.
All I ask, is that whilst you witness and even participate in this (mass)debate, think:
WHO is speaking?
WHAT are they basing their stanze on?
WHEN was the research conducted?
WHERE was it published and who funded it?
WHY do they feel so strongly?
For more on navigating conflicting information: see here
This article gives an explanation of herd immunity and how it relates to vaccination