The information in this blog should not be regarded as medical advice. I am not a doctor; I am not trained and do not have the expertise needed to provide medical advice. I am a parent, who is trying to find out as much information as I possibly can about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases. This is a journey of discovery, and as such, it is possible that bad information might find it’s way in this blog. Please speak to your doctor about any questions you might have, and especially before making any medical decisions.
Hello, and welcome to The Vaccine Times,
a quarterly publication a website about vaccines, for parents, by parents. The Times was created in an effort to counter the vaccine misinformation that parents are exposed to in the internet, TV shows, books and other sources. Our mission is simple: to advance a pro-health message , and to counter inaccurate, and potentially dangerous, information about childhood vaccinations.
To help fulfill our mission, the category structure, tag use and additional pages have been thought off very carefully to make it as easy as possible for users to find the information they are looking for. I opted for the blog format, instead of the web page format, simply because a blog is more flexible. Additions can be done at random, under any category and can be shared with the readers right away. By contrast, a web page must be complete, to some degree, before it is ready to be published. That means that it would take much longer for the information that I have to share to make its way to the reader.
The need for a site such at this one became apparent to me years ago as I was verifying a claim made by a Generation Rescue report. The claim was straightforward: the US mandates 36 vaccines by the age of 5, while the average of another 30 countries was only 18. The claim itself does not sound much, count the doses and compare. Nevertheless, I soon found that a couple of hours of work, finding information from reliable sources, compiling it, verifying the calculations etc., just weren’t enough. If it was that time-consuming to verify a simple claim like that, I wondered, how much more time-consuming is it to verify the other claims?
Google Search did not help much either. The problem with Google University is that there is too much misinformation out there, too much opinion, too little fact, and separating the one from the other can be an arduous task. Also, while I was able to find very good websites with much information, I still felt like there was too much digging to be done, too many clicks, to get to a piece of information I was looking for. I wished there was an easier way. Maybe there is and I just didn’t find it in my search, who knows!
Luckily, since then a host of sites have come online (or come to my attention), many admittedly more complete, and updated far more frequently than mine here. I welcome the effort that pro-healthers worldwide are making in our shared goal to spread the pro-health message.
The purpose of this site will be to present the best information available (that I can unearth), and trying to stay clear of expressing too many opinions, although I may fail in that regard every now and then. Every entry will be chock full of links to the sources of my information, so the reader can judge for herself if my conclusions are warranted. The idea is to make information available to anyone interested, so we may all make our decisions based on the facts not the hype.
Join me in my journey of discovery. I hope it is a pleasant learning experience for us all!