Until 2015, I knew very little about vaccines. Through my interest in holistic health care, which I developed in the 1980s, I believed vaccines were not necessary for health, and indeed not good for the immune system, but I had no opinion about vaccines beyond that. As I have not had children, it was not much of an issue to me.
I knew I felt contemptuous of the flu jab when I saw it advertised, and I steadfastly refused to vaccinate my cat, and that was all. I had heard of autism, but only regarding Rain Man.
Then in April 2015 I saw Tony Abbott’s announcement of the No Jab No Pay legislation. I immediately thought “that’s wrong”, and wrote something on Facebook. The reactions thrown back at me, that vaccines are “rigorously tested” and “reduced infant mortality”, and so on, I had no answer for.
But I knew the legislation was wrong, so I started researching.
I did a science degree in the 1970s at Monash University here in Victoria, Australia, majoring in biochemistry and pharmacology. I then did the Honours year in biochemistry, which involved doing biochemistry research, which in turn involved reading many science papers, some of them in French (using my schoolgirl French dictionary), because one of the few labs in the world working in the same area as me was in France.
After that I did Dip. Ed. and taught science, chemistry and biology in schools and other educational institutions. Along the way I have written many books for the primary-school age group, on astronomy and other science topics.
So I felt fairly confident I could research vaccines.
The first solid information I found was about the Andrew Wakefield saga—I spent many hours watching videos of him speaking and was completely gutted.
Like many people, my first reaction was that I had to get this information out, and as I do wordpress websites, I created a one-page website which has now morphed into the page Vaccines: How The Truth Was Lost. Gradually the site has grown, and although it is not big, I hope you find it useful.
And how I wish I could go back to those people and explain vaccines are far from “rigorously tested” and did nothing to “reduce infant mortality”.
Cheers – Robin Birch