With diseases long thought dead, such as Ebola, spreading like wildfire across the globe, one of the most frightening things that could happen at this point is another wave of people actively denouncing vaccines.
Yet as flu season rounds the corner, this is exactly what is happening. As with every year since Jenny McCarthy decided to pretend she knows things, parents across the nation have resigned from vaccinating their children from common ailments that would otherwise maim them.
These parents damn their children to long term suffering, because for some reason, people trust anything that comes from a woman whose claim to fame is her boobies.
While most people now know that Andrew Wakefield, purveyor of autism and vaccine-related lies, is full of it, some individuals have refused to accept the truth. Apparently for some, infallible, empirical evidence is not enough reason to protect their precious offspring from looking like a bullfrog-human hybrid.
These avid followers of McCarthy blindly follow an individual who has no knowledge of the subject they talk about, spread lies with no concern for consequence and has done far more harm to people than ever expected. A formula for chaos that has been evidenced to make a nation go crazy and call their grandma a Russian spy.
Rather than listen to logic and leaders in the field of Epidemiology—the study of the spread and cause of disease – people would prefer to learn the hard way.
In fact, Americans have so heavily been impacted by the claims of Wakefield and McCarthy, a duo to best all others, that in a large chunk of California, the vaccination rates as of 2013 are on par with war-torn Sudan. Comparing a stretch of the U.S. to a developing third-world country known for genocide and dead babies is surprisingly easy when people think they know more than doctors and experts.
Additionally, the recent increase in vaccination refusals has led to the inevitable rise of disease. Whooping cough cases have jumped from 1,010 in 1976 to 48,277 in 2013 alone. Consequently, 18 infants died from pertussis in 2013, a whopping 12-infant spike from 1976.
The startling fact that the consequences from a fraudulent and consistently disproven study is nauseating to sat in the least.
The difference between the uninformed masses and experts is knowing that correlation is not causation. Saying that vaccinations cause autism is the virtual equivalent of claiming that breathing is the cause of death. Just because all people breath and all people die, does not mean that breathing is the cause of death.
The question to be considering during flu season isn’t, “Should I get my child vaccinated?” The only thing that you need to worry your pretty little head with is, “Where do they keep all of nurses who are good at giving shots?”
The only reason that you should not be taking your family to get vaccinated right now is that you already did. In which case, you should be telling all of your friends and relatives the truth: Vaccines don’t cause autism.