Hey Hey Ho Ho vaccines have got to go.
I run out of idiotic chants, The
Hill is reporting that there are protests in Washington State regarding the
right of parents to refuse to have their children vaccinated.
In this scientific age, the left insists upon believing science as the sole dogma worthy of our praise. Yet when pseudo-scientific hysteria grips the left coast, they abandon their dogma in some yuppie display of hipster free-range parenting.
these same people are prone to call others “climate deniers,” the media simply
gives these people the moniker “anti-vaccine supporters.” Or if they are feeling particularly cheeky,
sorry, why not call them what they are…vaccine deniers.
Hill says, “Hundreds of anti-vaccination
supporters demonstrated outside a public hearing in Washington state on
Friday to protest a bill that would make it harder for families to
opt out of mandatory vaccinations for children, the Associated Press reported. The protest took place amid
the state’s worse measles outbreak in more than two decades. Health
officials have reported at least 56 cases in Washington and Oregon. An
estimated 700 people demonstrated in Olympia, Washington, most of
whom opposed stricter requirements, The Washington Post reported. The modern anti-vaccination
movement has picked up recently, despite research finding that
the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) is not linked to autism.”
One would think that the anti-vaccine movement would be strong among backwoods fundamentalists or that a wave of Christian Scientists suddenly produced this mass psychosis, but it’s the irreligious left that is driving this phenomenon.
“The Pacific Northwest hosts some of
the nation’s most vocal anti-vaccination activists. Washington, Oregon and
Idaho have some of the lowest MMR vaccination rates in the U.S., according to
for Disease Control.”
“I want to remind you that the MMR vaccine
is extremely safe and highly effective,” Washington state health secretary John
Wiesman told lawmakers, according to the Times, adding that “all reputable
scientific studies have found no relation between measles and autism.”
Wiesman called on lawmakers to remove
exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons, citing the current
outbreak. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Paul Harris (R) currently includes
medical and religious exemptions, though Harris said he plans to
amend the bill to remove those exemptions. “You cannot find a peanut in one of
my schools [because of concerns about allergies], but unvaccinated kids are
walking around in my schools because of a personal
exemption?” Harris said, according to The Post. “I find it
is probably for the best, but it seems awfully statist. The reaction to the vaccine denial movement
is likely to swing too far in the other direction where every possible vaccine
is mandated by law when those vaccines are clearly not the same as MMR.
I am talking about flu shots, the chicken pox vaccine, and other vaccines that could be considered “optional.” There is some discussion that vaccines contain toxins (not that they cause autism, but that repeated exposure to them may have unintended consequences). This is particularly true of an annual flu shot. While people worry about dying from the flu, the flu is not really of concern and the flu shot is not as effective when strains change or when the flu shot causes the flu. Could you imagine if half the people who got the MMR vaccine also got those diseases? And then there is the chicken pox vaccine. While chicken pox can be harmful in adults, most children tend to turn out just fine despite doctors’ obligatory warning that chicken pox can technically be fatal (so can pulling a hangnail or popping a zit). Everyone who grew up before 1995 got chicken pox with no possibility of a vaccine and most turn out fine. Meanwhile, Measles is the leading cause of death among diseases that are preventable by vaccine.
the scientific consensus is overwhelming, a healthy society must choose for
itself, preferably without government coercion, to keep itself healthy. That involves debunking the talking points of
the anti-vax movement. It involves encouraging
individuals to prevent disease in any way they can.
this young man from Ohio as described by the DailyWire.
“One Ohio teenager whose mother never had
him vaccinated decided to investigate the facts regarding vaccinations, then defy
her and get himself vaccinated once he turned 18 in order to protect
against six diseases, including mumps and hepatitis. Ethan Lindenberger, 18,
from Norwalk, Ohio, was reportedly never vaccinated before because his mother,
Jill Wheeler, who owns a children’s theater company, believed the
now-discredited claims that vaccines routinely cause autism and brain damage.
Ethan had no idea that he was an outlier among his friends until he spoke to
them and discovered that he was the only one who hadn’t been vaccinated. The
vaccination he finally got guards against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR),
chickenpox and polio; polio can cause paralysis and in some cases lead to
is the type of public health curiosity we need. If you are going to oppose
vaccinations, it needs to be for a legitimate or arguable reason.
- Causes autism: No dice
- Religious objection: Not supported by scripture
- Other toxins: maybe so, but weigh the cost/benefit of a one-time minute exposure to toxins and the possibility of disease.
- Celebrities don’t like vaccines: No dice.