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