Seriously. A Vaccine for the Common Cold?

Seriously. A Vaccine for the Common Cold?

Children are supposed to catch colds, and lots of them. That’s how they build a healthy immune system. Yes colds are inconvenient, and yes they keep the family up at night, and yes a parent even has to stay home from work to adequately care for the child (and keep them from spreading it to others). Catching colds is necessary because it makes a child’s immune system stronger so it can fight severe infections and serious diseases like cancer, and prevent allergic disorders like asthma and eczema. So why would a university professor think it’s a good idea to develop a vaccine for children against the common cold? And is there such a thing as being over-vaccinated?

Dr. Martin Moore at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia believes this vaccine is such a great idea that he’s decided to leave academia and head up a private company to develop and market a cold vaccine. His talking points to the public are simple: Colds are inconvenient; Colds can kill immunocompromised people; Colds make parents have to miss work. All good reasons as to why we should never let children catch colds anymore, right?

But if catching colds and other routine childhood diseases allows the immune system to develop fully and therefore work more efficiently in adulthood when presented with more dangerous risks, could we be hurting ourselves by trying to prevent them altogether? Haven’t we seen the same problems recently with overuse of antibiotics? When it comes down to it, are we really too busy as parents to be “inconvenienced” by our children getting sick with a cold? Do we really want our kids to grow up germ-free and sterile with immune systems that don’t know how to fight off diseases? Is it worth subjecting our children to increased risk for allergic disorders and cancer for the added convenience of potentially skipping a cold? With more than 160 different strains of the common cold, the vaccine is unlikely to offer a guarantee anyway.

Even more concerning is that if this vaccine gets approved, people will start to fear the common cold because now it can be prevented, a pattern we’ve seen with the measles and chicken pox. The vaccine will become mandatory for health care workers first, then it will become mandatory for all children in daycare and school. And our whole society will in fact lose its natural herd immunity to what is now a harmless infection. However, Dr. Moore is right about one thing: if we prevent children from catching colds, building natural immunity, and growing up with a strong immune system, the common cold WILL end up becoming a deadly disease.

Note: The article was reprinted with permission. It was originally published by the Immunity Education Group—a community of medical and legal professionals, businesspersons, educators, journalists, and advocates who are passionate about immunity education and the right to informed consent.

7 Responses to "Seriously. A Vaccine for the Common Cold?"

  1. Dani   November 8, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Stupidity at its finest. I’m sure this has nothing to do with health and everything to do with money. The chicken pox vaccine was developed for the same reason … not because it’s a deadly disease which threatened to wipe out humanity as some of the advertising would almost have you believe, but because employers were saying they lost productivity when mothers/parents had to stay home to care for their kids who had chicken pox. Always about that bottom line … sickens me.

  2. Sandra Lee Smith   November 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Yeah, routine childhood diseases, like measles, mumps, chickenpox… I can honestly say colds did NOTHING for my immune system, to speak of, but measles whipped it right into shape! Even mumps and chickenpox didn’t quite fill the bill. Prior to measles, I was a sickly kid; after that, I had perfect attendance records in school except a couple of years I missed days to take care of the other kids at home when parents were away or sick and unable to do so. I’ve been against vaccinating kids against those diseases since they started, for that very reason. Vaccinate against diseases that have high mortality rates like smallpox, ebola, typhus, typhpoid, and cholera!

  3. Joan   November 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Absurd!!!!! These people are insane! They should create a vaccine for their mental illness.

  4. Patricia Peloquin   November 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    This is crazy. We need our immune systems to be strong and healthy. Vaccines contain either aluminum or mercury as adjuvants. The FDA even admits these are neurotoxins!

    For colds use 2 drops of oil of oregano (normally comes premixed with a carrier oil) under the tongue at the first sign of sore throat or cold. Oil of oregano is amazing. (But it is strong, tastes terrible and kind of burns a little.)

    But it is ANTI-VIRAL (colds are caused by viruses), anti-bacterial, anti-parasidic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-septic, antihistamine, anesthetic, antioxidant, anti-biofilm, anti-microbial and anti-biofilm! (Took away my neighbor’s migrane headache better than her prescription drug, which had given her rebound headaches. After being given penicillin for my gum inflammation–which took several days to even start to work–a week after I got home, my gums started to hurt again. This time I tried oil of oregano the first time, rubbing my guns with 2-3 drops. ON CONTACT the pain was gone!

  5. Lou   November 8, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I am curious what the likely hood of this vaccine actually happening?

  6. Leebs   November 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I hope this fails. May the majority see the light!

  7. sheldon101   November 9, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I wish the author would explain how catching a particular cold virus or a whole bunch of cold viruses benefits the innate immune system.

    The immune system can be divided into the innate and the adaptive immune system. According to this article, you can’t improve the innate immune system. And you don’t want to do that.

    In fact, there are lots of drugs intended to dampen the innate immune system as many diseases are a result of too much innate immunity. Drugs like 6MP, Cyclosporin and Remicade are all intended to dampen parts of the immune system.

    The other part of the immune system is the adaptive immune system. That’s why you can’t catch measles twice. After a natural exposure, your body will be prepared the next time and destroy the virus so you can’t be infected. For those people who don’t want their children to risk death and serious damage, they can have their children vaccinated so that the first exposure does not cause all that risk of death and serious damage.

    So it appears the aticle is simply wrong. There is no benefit to the child of being exposed to multiple cold viruses.

    There may be benefits to children of being exposed to more dirt as that may lessen the chance of getting allergies. I just don’t think there is a similar benefit to getting a variety of cold viruses.


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