In the wake of more scary headlines about people dying from influenza, I got a text message asking me what the official Breslev line was in regards to the flu vaccine.
I told them: there isn’t one. But then, I also told them two more things:
1) Generally, Rebbe Nachman was always dead set against doctors, and advised his followers to avoid the medical profession like the plague.
2) Rebbe Nachman also told his followers it was imperative to vaccinate their children against the smallpox, a treatment which had just been discovered.
So what does that mean for the flu vaccine specifically, and vaccines specifically?
It’s not for me to say, but I do want to flag a few interesting websites that recently came to my attention, so you can start to make you own decisions about vaccines, and whether the apparent benefit of vaccinating is worth the risks.
You can read more at the sites below:
One thing is clear from the whole debate about vaccines generally: what’s really going on is far from clear, and each person needs to research the issue thoroughly for themselves, and ask God for guidance about what’s the right thing to do.
God-willing, I’ll return to this subject again soon, but I hope these links will provide you with some valuable food for thought, and an alternative view that hopefully starts to balance the standard line that innoculations are only positive, definitely work, and are imperative for maintaining our children’s health. Sometimes, that’s true. But not always, and the risks involved with vaccinating are sometimes enormous.