Immunization: Should We Be Scared of Vaccines?

Dr. Zeljko Radulovic, assistant professor of biology at Northwestern State University’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences, gave an interesting and educational presentation titled “Immunization: Should We Be Scared of Vaccines?” in a partnership between the school and the Natchitoches Parish Library, Tuesday, January 28 at the main library branch. The talk, first in a planned series of presentations on scientific areas intended for the general public, started with a brief introduction into how the immune system works and then explained about the various types of vaccines and how they function. Along the way, the attendees learned some interesting historical tidbits such as immunization pioneer Edward Jenner’s experiments with smallpox, a dangerous killer up unto the last century, now eradicated from the planet. They also learned of the origin of the word vaccination from the Latin word for cow, vaccus. Dr. Jenner made a breakthrough in medicine when he noticed that people who worked around cows often contracted cowpox, a virus related to smallpox, but much less virulent, but did not come down with smallpox. He inoculated people with material from cowpox pustules and thus kept them from contracting smallpox.

Dr. Radulovic also answered questions from the audience. In the final part of the presentation, he debunked unfortunately persistent myths about immunizations causing autism and containing poisons. He also explained the concept of “herd immunity” in which a high immunization rate is not only beneficial for the individual immunized, but beneficial to society as a whole by protecting people such as newborns, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons who cannot receive immunizations. The answer to the question posed in the title of Dr. Zeljko’s talk is an emphatic no!

The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the NSU School of Biological and Physical Sciences for their outreach efforts. In everything from their lighthearted social media page and videos to talks such as this one, the school is exploring new ways to promote the study and appreciation of science to people of every age. One can easily see that they love their fields and their enthusiasm is contagious. The Journal also wishes to commend the parish library for making their facilities available to the school of Biological and Physical Sciences. The library has an eclectic range of community programs for every interest and every age.


8 thoughts on “Immunization: Should We Be Scared of Vaccines?

  1. I almost never make public comments on controversial topics, but this one always gets me going. I did not attend this meeting so I don’t know what was said, but I would encourage everyone to Google Robert Kennedy, Jr’s video on this topic and actually watch it to the end. He went against his own family and political party to put out what he did in his report. Big Pharma spends years in trials testing drugs before they put them into the public arena and many times even after they get FDA approval to sell their drugs to the public, the drugs create more problems than they solve on a long term basis, not always, but often enough to get the attention of the scientific community. Why is it then that vaccines get no testing (other than lab tests) before poking them into our children and ourselves. When I was a child (in the 1960’s) and you got vaccinated, the vaccine was for that one specific disease. Now they make these vaccines into cocktails and give them to our children in particular at one time. In the 1990’s the cocktail contained around 40 vaccines, now it’s over 200. Here’s the catch, no one knows the long term effect of all this because vaccines need no long term testing. “Just get it out there and see what happens.” Whenever I speak to a doctor about this topic, I always get the standard line, “Well it good for the overall public health and it doesn’t cause any side effects.” Then I ask for proof of that statement and they accuse me of being part of the “herd mentality.” So, the real catch is they can’t prove what their saying and there’s plenty of evidence that proves that when they do get any facts that doesn’t prove their narrative, they cover it up or make it go away. So, if I fit into the category of the “stupid” at least I have done research to try to discover the truth. That would mean that people who call people stupid, without the benefit of having done research themselves, are koolaid drinkers. Well, that ought to be enough to get me in trouble.

    • David,
      There are more people like you than you know and, like you, we don’t talk about it publicly. The road we are going down is to take the choice away from parents. Now, they are insisting on adult vaccines too. If a parent wants to vaccinate and have done their due diligence research, then that’s their choice. The bigger picture that no one wants to discuss is the government requiring vaccines. As long as the koolaid drinkers tow the party line they will happily give up their rights and never see the inevitable coming.

    • Dear David, I am really sorry that you missed this talk. I am available to chat with you about this topic whenever you find time. The point was to provide explanation what is immunity and how vaccines work. I believe that Mr. Kennedy is a great lawyer, since it is his profession, but I do not believe that he knows more about vaccines that any biologist.

  2. Well Steve, count me among the “stupid” because I don’t believe all vaccines are safe or even necessary ESPECIALLY when the government is driving this. Funny how we have new flu vaccine every year that doesn’t prevent thousands that take it from developing the flu but boy the pharmaceutical industry sure makes out in profits doesn’t it?SMH.

      • Hope that was sarcasm, otherwise I might be inclined to dispute your assertion if you didn’t hide behind a pseudonym. By the way it’s “damned stupid” if you want to be correct. Chuckle.

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