Vaccination saved lives, while the unvaccinated cost them, said the author of the book Why the Nonvaccinated Die: Medical, Legal, and Sociological Exploring the Reasons Why the World’s Children Are Not Vaccinated.
“Vaccines were the only thing that really saved lives” in the U.K. in the 1970s, said Dr. Rachel Coleman, author of the 2013 book, Vaccines Rethink: How Vaccines Can Save Your Life and Why They Still Don’t Get Followed Globally.
“Vaccines saved a lot of lives” in places like the Czech Republic and Italy, but were “not used in the U.K., Australia, or the USA” because of the influence of “parents, relatives, the community, and the medical profession,” she said in an interview.
She added that “parents” are the best people to “get the facts” about an issue.
“Vaccines have been shown to be safe, and they help prevent disease and are one of the best means of preventing infectious diseases. Because of vaccines, children were protected from polio all over the world, and now we have measles vaccines,” she said.
Medical professionals, she said, do not always share the same opinions on vaccines, and “the parents’ opinions are very important, especially when it comes to serious health issues such as autism.”
“It’s important that parents are confident that the information they get is from an independent health professional, and not from a television or other media source,” she said.
The book follows a team of researchers — including former Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Professor John Ioannidis and Professor Mark Fendrick — who sought to quantify the effects of vaccines using the same methodology they used to evaluate cancer drugs and other treatment.
During their analysis, they determined that the rate of death resulting from influenza in North Americans was caused by the vaccine itself, not the flu. However, they reported that vaccines were the leading cause of disability worldwide.
The book was written after Dr. Coleman met with government officials from over 50 countries, who asked for it.