The Side Effects of Vaccines - How High is the Risk?

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    • grab america by huevos
      grab america by huevos  8 hours back

      hey i was in the military got every shot except the hpv gardisal no they are not good for your body, why do they give a live attenuated virus in the flumist, why is everyone still sick a couple of days after the flu shot, why do i diagnosed with strep throat in the military if we are fit in the military, i had to get a penicillian shot in the butt, where the studies on the military with reactions to those shots? where results from the burn pits and poop pits from us veterans, why did we wear perithrin soaked uniform deployed "to keep bugs off" why did we stay in mosquito bombed buildings,

    • Nick Korkodylas
      Nick Korkodylas  1 days back

      I am constantly being called an "anti-vaxxer" and a "science denialist" just for pointing out that it's a bad idea to allow governments make sticking needles in your children mandatory. They also called me a "conspiracy theorist" for pointing out that some vaccines used mercury compounds as preservatives.

    • Jordan Sutche
      Jordan Sutche  4 days back

      The fact you brought up Wakefield's "research" just proved you didn't actually look into it at all. That's a fact.

    • Haziq Aiman
      Haziq Aiman  4 days back

      Ok gus

  • Aldrich Saint of the deep

    Im not vaccinating what's gonna happen am I gonna get measles ha! Yeah right- person who got measles

    • Spaghetti Noob
      Spaghetti Noob  4 hours back

      get rekt liberals

      • LoneWolf 125
        LoneWolf 125  5 hours back

        Anyone else in the comments to see all the anti vaxers

        • e l
          e l  6 hours back

          To all of you claiming I’m wrong google Vaccine Autism Documentary it’s banned in the states. Meaning you won’t see it on national tv stations. They’ve forbidden the truth to get out!!

          • Just a Guy
            Just a Guy  3 hours back

            e l They blocked it because it spread misinformation about vaccines. What part of this is so hard to understand?

          • The Shinto Railfan
            The Shinto Railfan  5 hours back

            Autism. Happens. Before. Birth.
            What part of that is unclear? None of it.
            Was the article linking autism to vaccines heavily debunked? Yes.
            Do vaccines cause autism? *No.*

        • Countrycowboy08
          Countrycowboy08  6 hours back

          Hey Kurzgesagt? I'm a NOBODY, but I'm hoping so hard for you to make a video about the Pathophysiology of Dengue Fever. The death toll back in my motherland, the Philippines, is getting higher, and videos like the ones that you do can be used to spread awareness. Please??? Can you guys here in comment section help me to reach the Kurzgesagt team?? 😭😭😭😭

          • Aimee Bernard
            Aimee Bernard  7 hours back

            Fabulous video! Accurate and thorough yet easy-to-understand. This immunology professor thanks you for this treasure!

            • Morshellow boi
              Morshellow boi  8 hours back

              The Earth is donut and glass is a secret government camera

              • king julian
                king julian  10 hours back

                Uh are you dumb or am i dumb guz the docters said im born with autism so you cant get it right

                • Alexander DiRaddo
                  Alexander DiRaddo  11 hours back

                  *unfunny and overused antivaxxer joke*

                  • JOY & PAIN
                    JOY & PAIN  12 hours back

                    From personal experience I can say that certain vaccines aren't for everyones genetic makeup and from what I experienced after the FLU shot was severe joint stiffness and fevers around 104 for no reason and couldnt move my arm so I no longer get the flu shot with MMR which is what they say,causes autism Its a huge confusion I understand its not that vaccines are bad its that certain,humans mitochondria cant withstand the chemicals all at once and as a result they have autistic characteristics or brain issues neurodevelopment etc but,kids who can sustain it have no issue .The debate about protecting society from viruses I understand it but do feel they should study each person's genetic makeup to ensure they are,candidates forthese vaccines and if not make certain ones for,people who may have a certain gene that will cause harm if they receive vaccines its all in DNA genes and Blood type at the,end of the day one shot cant be for everyone

                    • schuelermine
                      schuelermine  3 hours back

                      Personal experience is not valid evidence.

                  • nowsoh
                    nowsoh  12 hours back

                    I can’t believe there are such things as antivaccant people that exist ...
                    Chances are 100% of people watching this video has been vaccinated and are living happily

                    • skoorb nimajnib
                      skoorb nimajnib  15 hours back

                      So in the past they poisoned us with dangerous mercury and more aluminium? So you have admitted their guilt. They are still poisoning us. Even more. Or is it just that they stay one step ahead of popular scientific knowledge. Should we trust Big Pharma and it's links to the Nazis etc. Read the book Bad Pharma. Who pays to produce these cartoons? Yes - there are bad and crazy people in power at the highest levels who instead of toothbrush moustaches have cultural ways to indoctrinate. Listen to experts, because simplified explanation can be deceiving.
                      Mercury and aluminium, and things like flouride, which is also a known brain toxin which is in our daily water (first added in the concentration camps to make the prisoners docile) and toothpaste have precursors...building blocks...
                      chemicals which contribute towards their formation. 1+1=2.
                      We are talking also about about injecting new born babies with many, many weird things at the same time, including viruses or parts of viruses when their immune systems are not developed so again we are talking about the combined effect of these things. If the anti-vaccine lobby is not a dumb fashion then it's arguments are worth investigating. I am not scientist but there are many scientists on that side or at least with many serious issues to raise and if more were paid by the state or Big Pharma then there would be more. The burden of proof is on the person who wants to inject millions of why is it so often the sceptics who are having to justify their position? Because many simplly believe in authority. Be careful with that. The say nuclear power is safe but look what happened in Chernobyl or Fukushima. Science is good but as it is driven by finance and investors and maybe people who belong to an elite who want to reduce the population, we have to be more than happy shoppers.
                      The issue about many african countries going to court over masses of tetanus viruses containing sterilisation agents is common knowledge among well-informed people. So it depends what sources are official.
                      But then again, ask your doctor about cancer?
                      It is now becoming clear that Cancer is often triggered by "harmless" viruses....and one day it will be common sense will catch up and say that it is logical. Meanwhile people are dying and the cancer industry is lagging behind the facts. Perhaps because if people can help prevent cancer by common anti-virals such as cat's claw and raw garlic then why do doctors never prescribe natural preventative medicine to their patients?
                      Why do schools not provide a few pieces of fruit free for every child?

                      • Just a Guy
                        Just a Guy  2 hours back

                        *puts on tinfoil hat*

                      • schuelermine
                        schuelermine  3 hours back

                        No, they didn't. The aluminum levels are minuscule

                      • The Shinto Railfan
                        The Shinto Railfan  7 hours back

                        No, the amount of metals in vaccines is harmless. Hell, there's more in your food than in vaccines.

                    • Quartermaster 40k
                      Quartermaster 40k  15 hours back

                      I swear when we colonize the moon and Mars and if I have the power to choose those going I'll mkae sure no antivaxxer comes to the ships. Their stupidity and ignorance will be our downfall

                      • Leví
                        Leví  7 hours back

                        include the sjw in the list too

                    • Dialas Dialga
                      Dialas Dialga  15 hours back

                      I was here to roast antivaxxers in the comments, but I found intellectuals

                    • Gacha Bob
                      Gacha Bob  15 hours back

                      Me:mom did you vaccinate me !!!!!?

                      • Sir Admin
                        Sir Admin  16 hours back

                        If you have a antivax friend with a kid when your kid gets vaccinated host a party for the kids the antivax kid will get sick and die 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

                        • Gabriel Jordan
                          Gabriel Jordan  19 hours back

                          Vaccines do NOT cause autism.

                          • Umgrut
                            Umgrut  19 hours back

                            Autism causes vaccines!!!

                          • Haziq Aiman
                            Haziq Aiman  19 hours back

                            3 virus 🏳️‍🌈

                          • Joat Zarathustra
                            Joat Zarathustra  21 hours back

                            I refuse to use antivirus software I don’t want an autistic computer!

                            • schuelermine
                              schuelermine  3 hours back

                              +1 good joke

                            • The Shinto Railfan
                              The Shinto Railfan  7 hours back

                              OK, that's funny.
                              Coincidentally, I remember hearing the metaphor that autism is like being a mac in a world of PCs.

                          • ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe
                            ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe  21 hours back

                            I like how as the video progressed they started to roast the anti vaxxers yarder and harder savage.
                            And awesome video.

                            • janevski
                              janevski  21 hours back

                              Who's watching this after getting vaccinated?

                              • Daddy Long Legs
                                Daddy Long Legs  23 hours back

                                Wanna roast an anti-vaxxer in the comments can someone just take one for the team and pretend they anti-vax so we can all laugh at them pls

                                • The Shinto Railfan
                                  The Shinto Railfan  7 hours back

                                  Nice impression of an anti-vaxxer, @ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe.

                                • ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe
                                  ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe  21 hours back

                                  You moron dont you know every person on earth who has taken vaccine yet has died pr is on a verge to death how can you compare something which has 100 percent death rates to the small proportion caused due to no vaxxx

                              • SQUACK
                                SQUACK  1 days back

                                pharmaceutical companies should have to test vaccines as a drug and should not be immune to lawsuits for childhood vaccines

                                • schuelermine
                                  schuelermine  3 hours back

                                  They are. Period.

                                • Dialas Dialga
                                  Dialas Dialga  15 hours back

                                  @SQUACK also fuck off

                                • Dialas Dialga
                                  Dialas Dialga  15 hours back

                                  Hell nah they do already, is earth flat to you?!

                                • Noob_Frvr 676
                                  Noob_Frvr 676  17 hours back

                                  Ok so, do you believe the earth is flat or something?, theres inumerous proofs that this is real but you Don't believe,but it's good for ou society if your kind of people got "erradicated"we need safety, it's just like the people who don't believe in global warming
                                  (I'm a Brazilian, my english is not that good)

                                • SQUACK
                                  SQUACK  17 hours back

                                  @Noob_Frvr 676 Please do some real research before believing this video. We are destroying our children. A baby is designed to have no inflammation the 1st year of life. The baby is developing it's immune system and the mothers breast milk is providing immunity. We proceed in the USA to give the precious unformed immune system of an infant 24 doses of vaccines the first year of life in fact we give the hepatitis B vaccine the 1st day of life which has 10 times the recommended amount of aluminum according to the weight and the FDA guidelines. Aluminum creates an antibody response which creates inflammation in the 1st day of life. The USA has the highest infant mortality in the developed world right now. We are three times Japan which gives no vaccines the 1st year of life. Maybe our CDC FDA and HHS are being bought off by big money. Pharma, Government agencies, media and politicians are all in bed. Good luck getting any real science.

                              • SQUACK
                                SQUACK  1 days back

                                This video is full of misinformation

                                • skingoblin x XXX
                                  skingoblin x XXX  6 hours back

                                  This comment is full of misinformation

                                • The Shinto Railfan
                                  The Shinto Railfan  7 hours back

                                  It defiantly isn't.

                                • ButthurtGamez
                                  ButthurtGamez  10 hours back

                                  bruh, kurzgesagt literally get their information from scientists and doctors that specifically work on the topic they are talking about. They said it in one of their videos. Also, since you commented four false facts, tell me where you got your research.I'm pretty sure people with 8 years of practice about health know this stuff better than you do.

                                • Toast
                                  Toast  17 hours back

                                  How would you know

                              • SQUACK
                                SQUACK  1 days back

                                In the USA before the measles vaccine 1 in 500,000 Americans died per year

                              • SQUACK
                                SQUACK  1 days back

                                Vaccines destroy our health and help big pharma make more money

                                • Dark White
                                  Dark White  7 hours back

                                  ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe
                                  I hope you’re joking :,)

                                • ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe
                                  ThE BiNdiNg iS fRaGiLe  21 hours back

                                  I know right i know almost 2000 people in my life probably more and every one who has taken vaccing is going to die mannn why do they take vaccines they have 100% death rate

                              • SubscribeToPewdiepie
                                SubscribeToPewdiepie  1 days back

                                8:30 a mother has just indirectly killed their child by putting them in danger

                                • just another account
                                  just another account  1 days back

                                  If your kid dies from a vaccine, its probably better that way...

                                  • Mariah Hirsch
                                    Mariah Hirsch  1 days back

                                    (⊙□⊙) sugar rush

                                    • Note Nopeti
                                      Note Nopeti  1 days back

                                      Doctor : omae o wa mou shindeir
                                      Kids : Nani?

                                      • Mysterious Snowball
                                        Mysterious Snowball  1 days back

                                        All the dislikes are antivaxxers

                                        • Modd
                                          Modd  1 days back

                                          Stop Vaccinating. I'm running out of buyers for Infant sized coffins

                                          • yousef issa
                                            yousef issa  1 days back

                                            Me: **closes phone for 2 seconds**

                                            YouTube: hey I'll give you two new ads because why not

                                            • Sum cringey boi
                                              Sum cringey boi  1 days back

                                              Do vaccines cause autism?
                                              Kurzgesagt: "Well, yes but actually no."

                                            • Marco Gögele
                                              Marco Gögele  1 days back

                                              Who else looking for Karens

                                              • Kysier
                                                Kysier  1 days back

                                                I think the saddest part of the whole anti-vax b/s is they not only have no idea how vaccines work, they also lack even fundamental knowledge of what autism is. It's like 2 different schools of ignorance had a baby (that immediately died of measles).

                                                • Gabriel Platter
                                                  Gabriel Platter  1 days back

                                                  Birth also causes autism. We should stop birth to stop autism.

                                                • Gulag Ticket
                                                  Gulag Ticket  1 days back

                                                  It is simple thing:
                                                  Vaxxers: Soviet Union 1945
                                                  Bacterea: German Reich 1945
                                                  Antivaxxer Children:France 1939

                                                  • Rainbow the Dragon Cat

                                                    *Faith in humanity has dropped by 1%*

                                                    • Hello hello
                                                      Hello hello  2 days back

                                                      Ah yes.
                                                      Inslaved autism.

                                                      • Josh son ofZeus
                                                        Josh son ofZeus  2 days back

                                                        ohh, a bird cell

                                                        • Trần Thị Minh Châu Đàm

                                                          Memory cells: *Sees Flu virus*

                                                          Memory cells: *Has Vietnam Flashback*

                                                          Memory cells: FIREBASE ECHO, THIS IS SIERRA GOLF X-RAY REQUESTING IMMEDIATE ARTILLERY SUPPORT AT BRAVO-TANGO-2-1-5-4-6-3-3-7-9.

                                                        • אמנון נחשלים

                                                          I am glad that we have David Icke for unadulterated information.
                                                          Herd immunity=herd ignorance☹

                                                        • Xx RangoNLevi06 xX
                                                          Xx RangoNLevi06 xX  2 days back

                                                          Wait, if u beat cancer does that mean u can’t get it again?

                                                          • terrarian
                                                            terrarian  1 days back

                                                            No. Sorry but cancer is a mutation in your cells making them multiply uncontrollably so you cannot be immune.

                                                          • Vary Olla
                                                            Vary Olla  2 days back

                                                            Partially correct Ashley.  You are correct in that cancer represents an idiopathic aberration with your cellular makeup rather than an external pathogen as with infectious diseases.  Yet your body periodically produces aberrant cells as a normal byproduct of the cellular mitosis which drives our bodies.

                                                            Your immune system will usually identify these defective cells and instruct them to commit "suicide" via apoptosis.  When that system breaks down however = we see tumors and cancer result.  So cancer represents a dysfunctional immune system and accordingly there is nothing to "learn".  All we can do is to try to destroy those aberrant cells externally via things like chemo or radiation and hope the immune system will kick in to do the rest. 

                                                            Moral of the story:  because it failed to do it's job to begin with = it can similarly fail again.  That is why we sometimes see reoccurrence after a time or else cancers affecting other systems.   Something is amiss with the body which it can not overcome = making it subjective to the individual alone.  We can prevent measles because it's cause is a single known virus.  Cancers on the other hand can be the result of multiple etiologies making them difficult to pin down.  Have a nice day.

                                                          • Ashley Gardner
                                                            Ashley Gardner  2 days back

                                                            Cancer is a little different. Cancer is a mutation from cells already inside your body so its nothing you contract. Your body may learn from previous cancer, but cancer cells are much harder to destroy

                                                        • Roy the big gey is not go no more gey

                                                          Births cause autism

                                                          • Lea Tompkins
                                                            Lea Tompkins  2 days back

                                                            To many antivaxxers dont realize how bad these diseases are. I've herd stories from my grandmother about kids with polio when she was young, and how scary it was you could be next in the hospital with an iron lung.