- Step 1– Wooer makes some ridiculous claim about vaccines. This claim has no science supporting it, but it gets *worse*. There is actually not even a theoretical scientific framework where the claim could work. Claim is antiscience right out the gates.
- Step 2– Repeat wooer claim ad nauseum online.
- Step 3– Scientists actually go to the trouble of officially debunking the claim in peer reviewed literature (even though there is not even a theoretical scientific framework where the claim could work!) because so many Average Joes/Janes think it might be true.
- Step 4– Wooer et ass ignore the official publication. Scientists investigating their claim reenforces/validates their claim. Negative results just mean theyre more right.
‘Its the mercury in vaccines!’ ‘Its XMRV in vaccines!’ Wait wait wait– ‘TOO MANY TOO SOON!!!!’
If you know nothing about immunology, this claim might make sense.
‘Your immune system’ could be ‘overwhelmed’ by trying to fight off too many ‘invaders’/’vaccines’ at once.
Except thats not how your immune system works.
You have B-cells and T-cells that, due to random chance/mutations, kinda-sorta recognize proteins from pathogens as ‘foreign’. When they are actually exposed to those proteins, they go through even more random mutation to make B- and T-cells that are super good at stopping the pathogen.
But a B-cell that ‘sees’ a polio protein and a B-cell that ‘sees’ a tetanus protein and a B-cell that ‘sees’ microscopic aliens from Mars are independent entities. They dont even know the other cells exist. So, the B-cell that ‘sees’ a polio protein will just derp around if you are infected with influenza. He dont care. He cant see it.
You can get several vaccines at once (and be naturally exposed to countless pathogens the same day), and it doesnt matter. Your B- and T-cells have a specific job, and they do what they do regardless of other B- and T-cells doing their jobs.
So from my perspective, the ‘best’ vaccine would be one mega vaccine that would contain ALL the antigens to protect you from ALL the pathogens. It would reduce pain, reduce risk of complications from shots, reduce waste, reduce exposure to the fillers and preservatives in vaccines, reduce reduced immunity due to people forgetting to come back for booster-shot 2/3/etc, etc.
If we could combine all vaccines into one shot, I would be happy as a clam.
Unfortunately, due to differences in production and necessary adjuvents and such, that is not currently possible, but if it were (in the future), I would not be concerned about ‘overwhelming’ Babbys immune system. I would be concerned about immunodominance– Babbys immune system would ignore most of the components in the vaccine, and fixate on, say, one of the mumps proteins. And then you wouldnt be protected from everything else in the mega-mix. Defeating the purpose of a vaccine mega-mix.
So the ‘TOO MANY TOO SOON’ claim doesnt make sense from a scientific perspective (not even mentioning the ‘and then some kind of magic happens, and then, AUTISM!’ part…???).
But it gets repeated all over the internet, so some scientists investigated.
SPOILER: Getting the recommended schedule of vaccines (TOO MANY!) at the recommended time (TOO SOON!) is not associated with autism rates.
I am so shocked.