There have been measles and mumps outbreaks all across America this year. The worse in many, many years. The reason is tied back to the Anti-Vaxers, as they are called. The idea that Vaccinations cause Autism caused a panic years ago. I completely understand the initial response. Autism was not understood. The classifications of the spectrum were mind boggling to the lay person. The panic swelled because parents only wanted to protect their children. This is widely understood.
When the research started filtering back and the verdict was vaccinations did NOT cause or increase autism in children the crazies came out in full force. I’m looking at you Jenny McCarthy. The research continued. The findings were exactly the same year after year. Then the decision not to vaccinate your children became a movement. They were called Anti-Vaxers. So now the Crazies had a name, a cause, and a continuing delusion.
First let me express my admiration for science. In many cases, science has been life saving and life changing. In other cases, science was turned into an evil tool of destruction and gruesome death (Napalm, Atomic Bomb, etc.)
In the treatment of disease across the board we’ve seen so many treatments either increase life expectancy or eradicate diseases that had long killed hundreds, thousands or even millions of people. Take the simple research that showed if doctors sterilized (ie, washed) their hands between patients and procedures less people died. It’s simple but it took research to determine this outcome.
Let me get back to the Anti-Vaxers. Even in 2019 the research put out by independent doctors and researchers found no link between Autism and vaccinations. Yet the Anti-Vaxers have made it their call that its up to them to determine if their children should be vaccinated. It’s their constitutional right to deny their children medical care. Yeah, I know, that sounds stupid.
Now we have an outbreak of measles and mumps plaguing these not vaccinated children (in some cases now adults). Measles, Mumps and Chickenpox all have vaccinations that work in most of the population. I myself had been vaccinated as a child but needed another MMR vaccination as an adult because I know longer carried the antibodies. To get the Measles or Mumps as an adult is bad. It can cause complications and sterility in some people. Is a possible chance of death really an acceptable option for your family? I went with NO.
Our local college is in the middle of a Mumps epidemic. This is not good or acceptable.
Then I read this in my morning news that set off this diatribe against the idiots of our country.
So many stupid people. Doctors aren’t the enemy. Also, taking advice from morons isn’t helpful either. Case in point;
‘Darla Shine, wife of the White House communications chief, who tweeted that she wished her children had had measles like she did as a girl.
“Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy,” she wrote’
This is person’s husband is of Authority in our nation espousing disease as a medical option. Go ahead, shake your head too, I’ll wait.
Ms. Shrine, what you said is careless and amazingly ignorant and stupid! Let me put it in a scenerio from the past…
Polio is running rampant in the world and America. Our children are being paralized and dying at an astounding rate. Dr. Salk found a cure and a vaccination.
“Bring back our #childhooddiseases”. Oh, what?
Small Pox is running rampant in the world and America. Our children and populations are dying at an astounding rate. In 1796, Dr. Jenner developed the first inoculation against the disease and saved people.
“Bring back our #childhooddiseases”. What, wait?
On behalf of all rational thinking people I ask you to stop listening to stupid people with no medical background for their comments. I’m sure if Ms. Shrine lost a child to a preventable disease she would be devastated and feel guilty for her stupidity.
There is data that some children will have a reaction to vaccinations. If you are worried about this consult your doctor and develop a plan. Doctors only want your child to be safe and healthy. Be rational, be reasonable and for the health of everyone be smart.
Here ends my diatribe.