This week in class we studied the dark side of research. It was amazing how terrible research can be and how deceptive researchers have been at times, just to get their results in.
But as in almost everything, there's a light side of research too. I've shared my opinions of vaccines before, that's what I think of when I consider the good parts of research and children. Because of good research we know what side effects to possibly expect, we also know what vaccines prevent against. I'm sure not all vaccine research has been done in good faith, but because of all of it so many lives have been spared, my daughter's included.
I know of a child who was in a vaccine research study when he was born for the first year or two of life. The child's parent took their temperature on different hourly marks and kept track of all possible symptoms. Everything was safe for the child and their parent, and monitored closely by their pediatrician. I'm thankful for that because as diseases change and mutate we need to have people keeping up with the vaccines, changing them and making them the best for us.
Research is purposeful and we can gain a lot of information from it. But it still needs to be done ethically, honestly, and in good faith, otherwise the results are tainted, and we really don't need any more of that.