Immune From Logic

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What the hell is wrong with anti-vaxxers?

Here we are in a time of unbelievable technological breakthroughs, a time where science can provide a cheap and easy way to prevent deadly diseases and some people are so shit stupid they won’t use them.

The argument over whether vaccines cause autism is so over – so completely dead – that I’m not going to reargue it. It has been settled, much like they’ve settled things like whether the earth is round or whether the sun rotates around the earth. This is something that has been decided and I’ll be damned if I’m going to speak to ‘the controversy’ or even give it any more credence than it has been given.

Jenny McCarthy can go screw herself for pretending she has the education to make pronouncements about the efficacy or danger in a necessary part of civilized society. Seriously – screw you McCarthy for the damage you’ve done.

Vaccines are nothing short of a medical miracle. 64 years ago polio was a raging health menace, capable of paralyzing a child or adult. Some who caught the disease spent their lives in an iron lung. As recently as the 60s measles, mumps and rubella killed thousands, and in the case of the measles caused deafness and sterility. To have effectively wiped out these diseases was really nothing short of a miracle. Now that miracle has been short circuited by willfully ignorant destructive people who are so full of their own bullshit that they think they are personally smarter than hundreds of years of collective research and tens of thousands of people who have dedicated their lives to wiping out these diseases.

A thought for anti-vaxxers: Would you change your tune if there was a vaccine for Ebola and the disease was meaningfully here? I mean people dying in large numbers. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’d be in line with the rest of us to get your shot.

I have a proposal: With the exception of those who medically cannot have immunizations, I think unvaccinated children should not be allowed to attend public schools. Simple as that. No immunizations? No school. Period. The health and well-being of the many outweigh the purposeful stupidity of the few.

The big problem with idiots not vaccinating their children is that they put OTHER people at risk. Children with compromised immune systems cannot be immunized. No vaccine works 100% for everyone, so the people the vaccine doesn’t work on must rely on everyone else being immune to protect them. Let’s not forget that infants under 1 year old cannot have the MMR vaccine. All these people are put at risk because Mom and Dad Moron think their little snowflake shouldn’t have to have a shot and they don’t understand herd immunity. They disregard the public health emergencies and the havoc that preventable diseases wreaked before vaccines. These people are beneath my contempt.

One of the biggest problems with anti-vaxxers is that no matter what information you give them they refuse to change their mind. A study by the journal Pediatrics shows that the more facts anti-vaxxer parents are presented with that show just how wrong they are, the harder they dig in. Oh, yes, they see the information, but have convinced themselves that they’re smarter than doctors and epidemiologists. Most are convinced of a conspiracy with big pharma. They’re idiots who believe that they’re the smartest person in the room.

Now we have a new problem with vaccines: They’ve become a political issue.

For the love of god. A political issue.

2016 presidential wannabees Rand Paul and Chris Christie weighed in on the issue, with New Jersey’s governor saying it should be the parent’s choice to immunize and Paul saying he’d heard of 100s of cases of perfectly normal kids having profound mental disorders after having gotten a vaccine. Of course, he didn’t offer any proof of this, but that didn’t stop him from asserting it was true.

Almost immediately other GOP contenders got in on the act and began speaking in favor of vaccines. Pretty soon Hilary Clinton got in on the act. How ridiculous is this?

No more ridiculous that what Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) told MSNBC. “We should not have an oppressive state telling us what to do,” he declared. As if keeping your child from having polio or tuberculosis is something an oppressive government would do.

Duffy went on to make a further, bigger fool of himself by saying, “I want that to be my choice as a parent, I know my kids best, I know what morals and values are right for my children.”

What fucking morals are involved in getting a vaccine that prevents deadly diseases?

Look, vaccines aren’t an opinion or a political stance: they’re a necessary function of sanitation and health in the 21st century.

For those worried about possible negative effects of a vaccine? “You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than having a reaction,” according to Dr. Robert Wergin, the president of the American Association of Family Physicians.

This is just more of the anti-science bent that’s growing in this country that’s as deadly and choking as an algae bloom. Frustratingly the news media is failing to ask critical questions of people that deny science and in doing so give credence to their spurious claims. I fear it’s only going to get worse.

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeable question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.” – Carl Sagan.

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