November 18th, 2019
To all Members of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick:
There are important distinctions to make when it comes to public discourse surrounding the vaccines distributed for use and dispensed by health professionals in Canada. Dispelling the easily accessible and the widely distributed misinformation, which is being propelled relentlessly by the anti-vaccination movement, is one of these important distinctions.
I graduated in 2016 from the University of New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry, and conducted my honours research in biophysical chemistry at Cornell University. I am currently a 3rd year PhD Candidate in Pharmacology at McGill University. I can speak confidently about the veracity of the research conducted by experts in this field. I am going to provide you with factual information; sources provided.
Vaccines do not contain, nor do they introduce, a live virus or bacteria into an individual. A crucial piece of information, and important to note is, viruses and bacteria contain molecules, which are located on their surfaces. Vaccines distributed in Canada, contain only the molecules extracted from the surfaces. What happens is, when the molecule is injected into an individual, it then interacts with that individual’s immune cells, in order to trigger a response. This then trains the immune system to recognize and fight off this specific molecule, if it is ever found to be present on a virus introduced to that individual in the future.
There are no adverse health effects for an average, healthy person when receiving a vaccine. Vaccines are suspended in a mixute of chemicals. One of the common substances found in the mixture is a preservative, called thimerosal. Many conspiracy theorists belive that it is the thimerosal in vaccines that causes autism. This is based off of a 1998 study done by Wakefield. The article that was published by Wakefield was redacted by the journal, because his work has been widely discredited due to several irresponsible design flaws. Countless studies have since been conducted and published, concretely demonstrating no link between vaccines and Autism.
The following is a link, which provides a very good summary of just how vaccines work.
Price CS, Thompson WW, Goodson B, Weintraub ES, Croen LA, et al. Prenatal and Infant
Exposure to Thimerosal from Vaccines and Immunoglobulins and Risk of Autism. Pediatrics. Epub 2010 Sep 13.
Tozzi AE, Bisiacchi, Tarantino V, De Mei B, D’Elia L, et al.
Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy with Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines. Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
We sincerely hope that our legislators are able to take a step back, and clinically consider the evidence corroborated by scientists from the most respected and revered educational and research institutions the world over. The vast majority of reputable scientists agree and have confirmed, time and again, the effectiveness and the safety of vaccines. Science is dispassionate. It’s objective. It’s specific methadology. While we completely understand parents’ hurt, in the anti-vaccination movement, at having no credible explanation for a child’s illness, we ask that our elected officials weigh the considerable, tangible, scientific evidence which has been provided to you by experts. It is up the you to protect our most vulnerable, this includes unnecessary risks to public health. Allowing our children, especially our children with compromised immune systems, to be exposed to such highly contagious diseases, is not only shameful, quite frankly, it’s irresponsible. These are preventable diseases. The worst illness a New Brunswick parent should ever have to worry about, is their child catching the flu or a cold, when sending them off to school.
Do the right thing.
The Truth Movement, Women’s Coalition of NB.