Coming Out as Pro-Vaccine

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Coming Out as Pro-Vaccine
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Thu, 09-26-2013 - 3:53pm

From the Huffington Post, the author is urging pro-vaccine parents to be just as loud as anti-vaccine parents: 

However, while there is nothing more "natural" than large numbers of children dying in a Malthusian cesspool of unchecked contagious disease, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we should avoid that. This shouldn't be a controversial opinion. The increasing success of the anti-vaccine movement is endangering not only immune-compromised children such as Jack and Clio, but also infants too young to be vaccinated. To say nothing of the unvaccinated children themselves.

Some members of both camps of ultras subscribe to the idea that there is a "coordinated media blackout" to conceal the dangers of vaccines because "the exact same people who own the world's drug companies also own America's news outlets," as one recently viral article put it. Even if that were true, our alleged oligarchy doesn't own science and history. Science has repeatedly disproven a link between vaccines and autism. History has shown that vaccine-preventable diseases flourish where there is no herd immunity.

Being informed parents who research the recommendations of their pediatricians is one thing. Doctors aren't infallible. However, anti-vaccine advocates are asking parents to disavowing nearly the entire medical establishment and for much the same reason that cults cut off their followers from their families: If someone is to be convinced of something that cannot be supported legitimately, then legitimate sources must be discredited -- however clumsily.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jj-keith/vaccines_b_3829948.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Thoughts on the article?

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Mon, 09-30-2013 - 12:06pm

piananana wrote:
<p>Great article and I completely agree with the author. It is completely ridiculous that the rest of us are being subjected to diseases that once were defeated because of ignorance. I am going to bet the majority of this group of parents smoke, spray their lawns with weed killing chemicals and drink bottled water yet think nothing of it.</p>

I'm just curious, what do you mean by drink bottled water?  I get the smoking and spraying lawns, but where does drinking bottled water come in exactly?

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Mon, 09-30-2013 - 10:37am

Great article and I completely agree with the author. It is completely ridiculous that the rest of us are being subjected to diseases that once were defeated because of ignorance. I am going to bet the majority of this group of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children smoke, spray their lawns with weed killing chemicals and drink bottled water yet think nothing of it.

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Fri, 09-27-2013 - 2:08pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this article. I am so tired of the "vaccines cause Autism" argument. Prove it. Because so far it's been proven that it doesn't. Yes, some kids may have adverse reactions to vaccines, but IT DOES NOT CAUSE AUTISM. 

"Being informed parents who research the recommendations of their pediatricians is one thing. Doctors aren't infallible. However, anti-vaccine advocates are asking parents to disavowing nearly the entire medical establishment and for much the same reason that cults cut off their followers from their families: If someone is to be convinced of something that cannot be supported legitimately, then legitimate sources must be discredited -- however clumsily."

Exactly — and I would add, the bully mentality. I've never seen so many bullies in my life. It seems it's ok in their minds to bully people into their beliefs since there is no legitimate proof.