People tell me all the time that they pray for me and worry about me because I have two autoimmune diseases. They often ask what they can do. I used to say, “nothing”. I’d like to amend that.
You can help me: Immunize your kids.
Many people, not just in the United States have a compromised immune system. A person with a compromised immune system cannot fight infections and the person is more likely to develop an infection. Often the infection will progress faster than someone with a normal immune system. A person can have a compromised immune system from an illness such as AIDS or because of medication used to treat some diseases.
What is an immunosuppressant? A drug that suppresses the immune system.
Who takes immunosuppresant drugs?
1. Organ recipients: When someone receives an organ from a donor, the immune system is suppressed so that the organ recipient’s immune system does not attack this new organ.
2. People with autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. An autoimmune disease or autoimmune response is identified when the body does not recognize it’s own healthy cells and attacks them. Immunosuppresant drugs slow and sometimes even stop progression. This is no cure. many patients take immunosuppreants drugs their entire life. One example of such a therapy is lower dose of a chemotherapy drug like methotrexate.
But wait, there’s more.
Another group vaccines protect are cancer patients. There are so many types of cancer, and the short version is that a person going through chemotherapy is more susceptible to infections.
Here is how I am affected:
I take immunosuppressant drugs to delay progression of two autoimmune diseases. Immunosuppressant drugs keep my body from destroying its own healthy cells. As long as I get rest when I feel a cold coming on or get antibiotics right away for a bacterial infection, I’m able to fight and recover well and stay very healthy.
Immunosuppressant drugs have delayed the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and the swelling of my lymph nodes in my chest, so my heart does not have to work harder to keep me alive. Because of these medications, I have avoided a lung transplant and/or death.
Why vaccinating your kids helps me and many other people.
I am very healthy, and fight infections well, thanks to the immunization of others. If you don’t vaccinate your kids and take them to public places, or a family gathering, you put my life in danger. There is a great deal of misinformation about immunizations and people who are very immunosuppressed undergoing chemo for cancer. Let’s not forget about children to young to be immunized that are not just at risk, but in danger around people who are not properly immunized.
There is no research that connects autism to vaccinations. Often, children begin to exhibit the symptoms of autism the same age they receive vaccinations. When two variables exist at the same time, this is called a correlation. Correlation is not a cause. These two things simply occur at the same time and may or may not be related. The only way to determine if variables that exist at the same time are in fact related in some way is scientific study. Not just one, but many. I mention this because in an interview, Jenny McCarthy talks about how there is a correlation between autism and vaccines. That part of her statement is correct because both the symptoms of autism and the vaccinations happen at the same time. But then she goes on to say that because there’s a correlation between autism and vaccinations, that means vaccinations cause autism.
Jenny McCarthy has claimed to have “earned” her “degree” from Google University. I don’t think Jenny McCarthy is solely responsible for the ocean of misinformation about vaccinations. Let’s not forget the only study that concluded autism is caused by vaccines, then the doctor who did the study, admitted his conclusion was false. The reason he admitted his study was a fraud is that he was caught. This is one of the reasons why the ability to replicate any study is so important. And now, there is a day care center in Chicago where five infants diagnosed with measles because some people took their immunized kids to a public place like Disneyland. So I’m going to say it again: Vaccinate your kids.