The book Ideological constructs of vaccination addresses, in evidence-based detail, the shakiness, dubiousness, often even falseness of the most common, self-evident and deeply rooted claims about vaccines – about their safety, efficacy, rigorous testing and regulation, etc. – thus depicting a disturbing image of states’ and scientific institutions’ operation. It is written by Mateja Cernic, PhD, and is based on the author’s doctoral thesis with the same title. It is a much more extensive, complemented and updated version of the thesis.
Title: Ideological constructs of vaccination
Author: Mateja Cernic, PhD
Reviewers: Professor Matej Makarovic, PhD
Professor Matevz Tomsic, PhD
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Vega Press Ltd, UK (January 6, 2018)
Official institutions, as well as the majority of the professional and general public, regard vaccination as “the greatest achievement of medicine”. It is generally accepted that vaccination is
not only safe and beneficial for the population, but often also an urgent, necessary and justifiable measure which has to be implemented regardless of any potential doubts expressed by
individuals subjected to it.
The justification, legalization and implementation of vaccination, including compulsory vaccination, are based primarily on the following claims:
In other words, a thorough analysis of the most common statements about vaccination used to justify and even codify mandatory mass vaccination reveals that they are shaky, dubious and often even false.
In terms of its content, the book Ideological constructs of vaccination is divided into two parts which complement and upgrade each other:
This book is intended for everyone who wishes to learn more about vaccination and looks for scientific proof. Above all, it is intended for those who, up to this point, have not dedicated special attention to vaccination, but have accepted it as a self-evident and non-problematic medical measure.
In the first part, the author, dr. Mateja Cernic, points out the socio-political aspects of vaccination, from the legal regulation of vaccination to discourses, ideologies and representations of vaccination critics by the media. This part is important, as it enables readers to learn about vaccination policies and practices and helps them understand why there are such fierce battles between the supporters and opponents of vaccination.
The second part, which focuses on ideological constructs of vaccination, represents the main body of the book, where the most common claims about vaccination are systematically analyzed. It presents, among other things, certain mechanisms through which vaccines influence an organism (e.g. damage the nervous system and the immune system). A great deal of attention is also dedicated to studies based on which vaccines are allocated marketing authorizations. All claims are systematically supported by references to scientific articles, government documents and official statistics.
The decision whether to vaccinate their children or not is one of the most important decisions parents make in connection to their children’s health and life. Therefore, it should never be taken in haste, without consideration, but rather after a thorough examination of the issue.