You’d have to have been living under a sterile pathogen-free rock to not have heard about the anti-vaccine movement taking its toll on population, health and intellect over the last few years. It’s getting worse thanks to celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy (yup), Charlie Sheen (to be fair he needs the space to make room for other drugs), and Donald Trump (just…do
For some reason, their celebrity status gives them more credibility to make people’s parenting decisions for them on life-changing and life-threatening issues. For all our achievements, humans can be pretty stupid at times. We live in a time that needs safety labels such as “Don’t drink the battery acid” and “Don’t bite the tyres when the vehicle is moving”, but “don’t let your kids get deadly but avoidable diseases” is taking the piss.
Vaccinations have eradicated diseases like smallpox in the past and they were well on their way to eradicating others but this homicidal anti-vax movement has put an end to that. Ask any anti-vax person at random and they’ll stand tall, chest out, head high and shout “well…autism! It causes autism!” with that omniscient and irritating tone of the ignorant. Ask them for evidence and you’ll get an anecdote of someone they either know or know of. They’re the same flavour of weird as flat-earthers but please, let’s not go there just yet.
Someone on Twitter once said to me “I don’t need to pump poison into my kid for them to be immune, we have herd immunity”.
Herd immunity is the resistance of
Get your kids vaccinated if you don’t want their toddler-tantrums to be classed as a mid-life crisis.
It baffles me that this is still an argument to be had when there are chemicals like dihydrogen monoxide in our water supplies – a chemical responsible for thousands of deaths each year, it erodes landscapes, causes fires, swells the brain. But yes, vaccines are the issue.
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