Proud parents of unvaccinated children have a tenuous grip on reality
This is an actual conversation going on right now over on Facebook, at the Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children group.
My Father mentioned last night that there’s a whooping cough outbreak in WA. I couldn’t find any current info on this. Is it true? I said yeah and probably most the kids were vaccinated for it. He said two kids that died were not vaccinated. I almost started second guessing my decision to not vaccinate. I have a partially vaxxed 3 yr old & a 5 month old I breastfeed. I do worry bout the youngest getting something his little body can’t handle. Any advice or input?
In response to this woman, who seems to be waking out of a stupor in the face of a pertussis epidemic, the anti-vaxers come out from under their rocks to encourage her to avoid vaccination at all costs! Some choice posts:
Argentina Coy I sometimes wonder if this is something that breastfeeding would keep away…. Either way, I think the ingredients in vaccines are things baby’s bodies can’t handle. Adult bodies either, but new bodies are, well, new! I say keep nursing nursing nursing :D
Start crying for me, Argentina. You say nurse, I say cocoon your infant by having your entire family vaccinated, and keep her safe from this deadly disease. I’m sure your breasts are fantastic but they are not superheroes who can save your child from rampant disease. I like the smiley at the end of the sentence though; it adds just the right gravitas to your post. Next up, we have Jennifer, who thinks that only the weak die of pertussis.
Jennifer Steelsmith im in WA too, i wonder if those kids had underlying problems or other health issues as well..sometimes the media like to leave that part out.. im interested in knowing the TRUTH…bleh
Well Jennifer, the TRUTH is that until very recently, Washington had the highest vaccination exemption rates in the United States due to shamefully lax laws. Studies have shown that the easier it is to get a vaccine exemption, the more likely it is that pertussis will soon be raging through a neighborhood near you. Fortunately for the health of the entire Pacific Northwest, your governor just blew that shit up by signing a new law that will require you to see a real physician who will give you real information about how safe and effective vaccines are. You can read about the phenomenon of personal belief exemptions and the disease outbreaks they cause in that fishwrap we scientists like to call the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA (Omer et al., October 11, 2006, vol. 296, pp.1757-1763).
Next on the menu, one Katherine Tomsich turns the crazy up to 11.
Katherine Tomsich I doubt that there were two kids who died, never mind that they were clean of vaccines. This sounds like a fake story- but of course it is possible. Since the vaccine doesn’t protect from disease,there will be more vaccinated kids falling ill and even dying than unvaccinated- if only because most kids get the shot. Everyone who contemplates vaccinating or compelling others to do so should read up and realize that ALL diseases vaccinated against were on the decline before mass vaccinations were mandated.
I know, I know reader. I look exactly the same as you do right now:
Ahh, yes, Katherine brings us that oft-quoted chestnut about how these diseases would have gone away anyway if we all just washed our damned hands! Why is it then that after controlling for other factors, it’s the unvaccinated who drop like flies when a disease does rear its ugly head? Check out another article in JAMA if you want to know how effective vaccines are (Feikin DR et al., December 27, 2000, volume 284, pp. 3145-50) I know, I know, you cannot BELIEVE your eyes, so here is the link:
If I see any more insanity, I will be sure to share it with you, my lonely reader. Until next time…