Get Your Children Vaccinated. Please?

Are you willing to put your child’s health at risk because of your own ignorance of science? When asked this way, of course you will say “no!” But what if I asked “is it safe to have you children vaccinated?” How many people say “no” then? Far too many and it is a shame. These anti-vaccination stalwarts, led by the vacuous Jenny McCarthy, are letting ignorance and hysteria put their children at risk. And, unbelievably, one in four people believe this tripe.

There are basically three types of anti-vaccination morons. The first group includes conspiracy theorists that believe the government is either implanting us with chips of some kind or uses them to cause diseases such as AIDS in order to eradicate minority groups. These nitwits can be dispensed with simply by pointing out that the government simply cannot keep any secrets this long without someone revealing them. As with the alien-autopsy crowd, whose lack of anything concrete dooms their ridiculous positions, here the lack of evidence destroys their credibility. Let someone come forth with physical evidence, as opposed to interpretations of statutes, conjecture or half-hearted witness testimony.

The second group claims that the vaccinations are harmful in and of themselves. This group is far more nefarious, as they at least have some quasi-scientific sounding theories such as “the vaccines contain poisonous mercury.” Generally they claim that the vaccines cause autism, MMR and other sundry diseases.

Let’s even assume this is true, which it is not. At what point do we consider the risk/reward scenario. Chemotherapy is a poison; however the benefits outweigh the effects of the poison. If you want to argue about chemo by itself you are missing the principle – any risk must be measured by its reward.

If you are the type to claim vaccinations are harmful, think about how many other risky behaviors you routinely subject your children to. Do you drive them around in a car? Let them play in a playground? Ride their bicycles. These activities all have mortality rates 100’s of times greater than vaccinations. Do you drive the safest car around or the one that is most useful for you or perhaps the one that looks the best or makes you feel superior to everyone else? Well you have just increased your child’s chance of death and injury far beyond what vaccines pose.

But the fact is that the mercury in a vaccine is less than in one can of tuna. So let’s start off a splinter group of anti-vaccination zealots that want to ban tuna as well. Not everything that happens has a definite cause. I understand the pain and trouble that families go though when they have autistic children. They simply must believe that something is at fault, that there is order in the universe and that if can save one other family from their own fate they have done the world a service.

But in fact the opposite is true. By opposing vaccinations you are merely causing more misery, misfortune and horror to the world, and we have enough of each thank you very much. Which is why I love this site. It details the damage done by Jenny and her followers and that is just in the U.S. In Africa and other countries the situation is far worse. But, as we have said here before and will say again, Americans have a unique ability to care not the slightest whit about their fellow man as long as they are brown and live far away; out of sight, out of mind.

The third group, and this is not an exclusive list, just the main pretenders, includes those unfortunate souls who believe that magic homeopathy can actually do anything. I am still amazed at the number of people I know with engineering and scientific backgrounds believe in homeopathy. But rest assured it is pure bullshit.

As aptly stated by Robert Carroll at Skepdic.org:

Such people offer magic water in place of an actual vaccine developed and properly tested by scientists. They believe the water has been energized and has a selective “memory” of molecules long gone in the homeopathic dilution process. Most homeopathic vaccines are nothing but water or inert substances and cannot protect anyone from anything. They endanger people’s lives when they are offered as protection against diseases like malaria. They are sought out by people who do not trust real vaccines and who live according to the principles of vitalism and magical thinking. Thus, we might well say that those who recommend homeopathic vaccines are part of the AVM since, in effect, they oppose real vaccination against disease.

Special Misanthrope kudos go to the religious idiots that believe God will take care of them so they needn’t give any medical care to their children. Religious freedom for yourself is one thing. But when you force your own religious beliefs on your children, who are unaware enough to even consider whether they want to believe the nonsense you do, is not just unconscionable but criminal. If you want to believe that God takes care of your kids, or that the earth is flat (both are equally true) then do so at your peril. But don’t let your children die or get sick because you are a fucking moron.

Ignorance of math and science, logical fallacies like the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, belief in the supernatural and a general inability to question what you read all come to bear on this issue. As Jenny McCarthy herself said: “I don’t need science. Evan is my science.” Too bad for her, the children all over the world that die because of this nonsense and those of you who believe what she does.

Additional reading:

CDC

Bad Astronomy

Skepdic.org

Institute of Child Health

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