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It’s Time To Stop Coddling The Anti-Vaccination People

January 19, 2013



I understand that everyone is entitled to have an opinion. But this? It’s bullshit. This woman, who happens to be Don Imus’ wife, for context, clearly doesn’t understand the subject about which she is bloviating. Almost nothing that she says is factual in her attempt to convince people not to get their flu shots. Those factual things she does say appear to be either accidental or totally out of context. Science is not an opinion subject. Science is a fact subject.

Let’s look at some facts:

Herd immunity is necessary or people die. “Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated – the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the possible risk of anyone’s exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases.” Further, it is our responsibility. refusing vaccinate isn’t “a difference of opinion.” It’s a decision based on ignorance that puts other people in danger. It’s not a decision worthy of respect.

Vaccines are safe. “As with any medical procedure, vaccination has some risks as well as substantial, proven benefits. Individuals react differently to vaccines, and there is no way to absolutely predict the reaction of a specific individual to a particular vaccine.”

Failure to vaccinate kills people. And the most common response “get vaccinated and you’re safe,” shows the fundamental lack of knowledge of both disease vectors and probability.

The anti-vaccination movement is based entirely on the lies of Andrew Wakefield.

For those of you who have never heard of this individual, I’ll give you the short version. He’s a lying liar who lies. He made up some research which connected the MMR vaccine while he was being paid by trial lawyers who wanted to sue the vaccine industry and pushing a patent which would replace the combined MMR vaccine. So, you know, there was a bit of a conflict of interest there.

Yeah that’s right he ginned up a fake controversy, convinced a bunch of people that the perfectly safe vaccine was the cause of autism so that he could make a big pile of money.

But you know what the most disgusting part of the anti-vaccination kick? When you drill down, all the way to the core of the anti-vac argument it’s pretty basic. When you make all the factual points about vaccinations and their safety as well as the dangers that stem from failing to vaccinate they nod and tell you the danger of autism is still their primary concern. What they’re saying is they would rather their child die than even entertain the possibility of them living with a disability. Not only that but they are willing to put other children in mortal danger rather than entertain that possibility.

That’s not “good parenting.” It’s cruel. It’s hateful. It’s reprehensible and, as I said, it’s not a position worthy of respect. Call these people out for what they are.

Oh, and get a flu shot.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    My child has had all of his regularly scheduled childhood vaccinations. He is on the Autism Spectrum.

    He hasn’t gotten a flu shot. He has a cold right now.

    I feel no guilt about either situation. In my opinion (based on review of numerous peer reviewed studies) his autism was not caused by the vaccines. Correlation does not equal causation.

    One of his “symptoms” is an EXTREME fear of doctors and needles. I am not talking normal “who is this lady and why is she poking me reaction” almost every child has, I am talking Mom and Dad physically attempting to restrain him while the nurse quickly and efficiently administers the shots and then dealing with the hysteria afterwards for hours or even days.

    Based on CDC Data last years flu shot had a 60% effectiveness against 3 strains of the flu. He has no other underlying physical issues. For us the very real trauma of getting the shot for those results isn’t worth it.

    I am not sorry if that offends you or anyone else. I am doing what I think is right for my child based on reliable research. That is good parenting.

    I hope every other parent does the same research and makes an educated choice for their child, whatever that choice is.

    • January 19, 2013 5:00 PM

      The fact that your kid will react violently is a valid reason to avoid a shot. I get what you’re saying. I was the toddler who tried to kill the doctors and nurses who were trying to stitch up my head wound. Use the nasal vaccination option. Just make sure the vaccination happens.

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