How can you trust what your government tells you about vaccines?
Wasn't it the government that:
- was responsible for the Tuskegee syphilis experiments?
- told you that Thalidomide was safe? (actually no, Thalidomide was never FDA approved in the US)
- said tobacco was safe? (actually, the first report from the Surgeon General saying that cigarette smoking was a cause of lung cancer came out in 1964
- allowed lead in paint and gasoline? (it was the EPA that said that lead posed a public health threat)
- DDT was safe?
Arguing that you can't trust the government, scientists, or doctors because of what they have done in the past is mostly a variation on the 'science was wrong before' argument.
Either way, it is a logical fallacy that in no way offers a good reason to avoid vaccines.
After all, wasn't it the government that recommended taking lead out of gasoline and paint?
For more information:
- Science was wrong before
- Oh yeah? Thalidomide! Where’s your science now?
- Debunking the "mistakes science made" tropes?
- Galileo gambit
- The appeal to “science was wrong before”
- A crank’s favorite gambit: Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus
- Cultural Perspectives on Vaccination
- The Guatemala syphilis experiment and medical ethics in science-based medicine
- Revisiting the issue of ethics in human experimentation
- “Lead Wars” – The politics of prevention and responsibility