To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a controversial question Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro wanted addressed. Call it a personal thing, but until it hits you where you live you just never know what you will do.
At the helm is Andrew Wakefield known for his clash with the medical field over the MMR vaccine leading to Autism. Science says the information is misleading and dangerous, and false and to the Robert De Niro said it was his idea to put the movie Vaxxed out there. “Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it’s critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined.” He told reporters on Friday. “I’ve never asked for a movie to be screened or ever gotten involved in the programming. But this is personal and I want it to be a discussion. I am not endorsing the movie. I am not anti-vaccination. I just want there to be more information and to be able to discuss it.”
The laws around vaccination and the debate are certainly a hot topic. Andrew Wakefiled is making the parent circuit and delivering speeches based on his scientific research. Wakefield is a surgeon and a researcher, who had his license removed because of his research, has an autistic child himself and stands to defend his research. This is not healthcare and this is not about the child. The debate appears to be more about science and their scare tactics and defending their reputation. The Centers for Disease Control are also taking it personally because the finger pointing points to them as covering up a conspiracy. The movie is called Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy. How can Wakefields license be removed for research. Did they remove the license from the scientist who first said the world was round based on his research?
It is a documentary and dramatic medical debate. Dr. William Thompson is the whistle blowing scientist in the movie handing over secret data, internal emails and documents which confirms what a tsunami of parents feared already. The “anti-vaccinators” claim they have not done anything wrong.
Are Vaccinations Big Pharma business? Depending on where you fall in the economic-socio range your vaccinations can be free, to $15 to $35. They are given once a year but there are booster shots and other countries who come under this umbrella. They have quotas to make.
Schools are involved now and telling students from children to adults if you don’t get your shots you cannot enter. Living in a free country, there are still some rights that should prevail and the right to not vaccinate and get an education should be one of them. No one should be bullied for their education into getting vaccinations. There is not choice in the matter. No one should be forced to be vaccinated, taking medicines they do not want. Forcing a child to take them is not right all the way around. A child who cannot stand up for themselves. A parent does not need to be a scientist to know whether or not something is right for their child.
Tribeca is a film festival and this isn’t the first time a film of controversy was introduced. Jenny McCarthy is not a public menace and parents can speak intelligently and make wise decisions for their children without being scientists. What parents want is information and the truth. No parent wants to give their child something that will cause an injury they will carry with them the rest of their lives.
If scientists/ doctors could lay their research about vaccinations on the table without ending up dead or kidnapped, losing their license or their integrity at stake parents might find what the “other side” is saying more interesting, trustworthy and listen.