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The safety of vaccines has been contested since 1763 when an Italian Doctor named Gatti introduced inoculations to the French. Since then, concerns over the safety and sanitation of vaccinations have led to a world-wide anti-vaccination movement. Are ‘anti-vaxers’ right to refuse inoculations? Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are bad. Show more Show less

Big Pharma puts profit above safety, and promotes misinformation about the dangers of disease that our bodies are perfectly capable of fighting off without vaccinations.
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Vaccine Side effects

Vaccine side effects can be life-altering.

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Health Warning Misleading


Most vaccine side effects are mild. However, in some extreme cases, they can be life altering or fatal.[1]

The Argument

The HPV vaccine has been linked to increased fainting in girls. In studies, around 24 girls per 1,000 that received the vaccines would go on to faint later in life. Conversely, only around four in 1,000 that did not receive the vaccine had issues with fainting.[2] The oral polio vaccine can, on rare occasions, cause paralytic polio. Some flu inoculations can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, while others can lead to anaphylactic shock. These are all known and accepted side effects for vaccinations. Putting the benefits of the inoculation aside, it is impossible to argue that vaccines are “safe” when these are possible side effects.[3]

Counter arguments

90% of vaccine side effects are not serious and are limited to soreness and inflammation around the injection site. More serious side effects are exceptionally rare. There are fewer side effects of most vaccines than there are with paracetamol or acetaminophen.[2][4]


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[P1] Vaccines carry side effects that can be severe. [P2] Therefore, they are not safe.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] These side effects are exceptionally rare. [Rejecting P2] Vaccines are safer than paracetamol and acetaminophen, products we typically think of as "safe". Therefore, vaccines are "safe".


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