The Anti-Vaccination Crowd Are Dangerous Idiots.

Jun 02

Over the past year I’ve read and heard news reports claiming occurrences of childhood maladies like measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and rubella are on the rise in various areas across North America. 

The chief reason is the unwillingness of some parents to vaccinate their children. A small minority do so on religious grounds. The rest are under the misguided belief such vaccinations are responsible for autism, ADHD and other childhood disorders.

The basis for their belief is a study by a British scientist in the late-1990s tying those vaccinations to those disorders. Despite the fact the study was debunked for its flawed findings, it still resonates among some parents.

While the lingering echoes of that study is bad enough, the true driving force is a handful of minor celebrities taking to the airwaves or book spouting off against these vaccinations, as well as offering up questionable, often ridiculous and sometimes dangerous advice on child rearing.

Why take medical advice from a former Playboy bunny?

“Vaccines are bad, m-kay?”

I’m not sure what’s more pathetic. A D-list celebrity like former Playboy centerfield Jenny McCarthy offering harebrained theories on how to raise children, or that there are parents actually willing to believe her drivel.

McCarthy often cited that debunked study in her rantings against vaccinations, but her primary reason is her unproven claim that a measles vaccination gave her son autism. Never mind that she can’t offer up any solid scientific or medical proof. Nope, she saw it with her own eyes, and that’s all the proof she needs. It’s not her precious perfect genetics or those of the child’s father. No, it’s the evil vaccinations. Oh, and she claims he’s now cured because he took natural probiotics which helped him shit out a bunch of undigested wheat he retained as a result of those horrible vaccines.

Numerous medical studies in recent years have proven there’s no link to vaccinations and childhood disorders. Yet those are dismissed by McCarthy and her ilk just because. No real reason, just their belief.

What’s worse is some celebrities actually espouse foregoing vaccinations because they don’t trust the government. Take, for example, noted liberal comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO’s long-running political chat show Real Time with Bill Maher. He doesn’t trust vaccinations, even calling people who get a flu shot “idiots”.

Maher claims he doesn’t trust the government with his health, though he espouses a single payer system for the United States. He claims “Western medicine misses a lot” but doesn’t offer up solid examples to support his case, other than flu shots aren’t fully effective. Maher rightly dismisses the conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks, yet he’s willing to buy into the more insidious, dangerous ones about vaccines.

What’s been proven, over and over again, on a consistent basis is vaccines, especially those against the aforementioned childhood maladies, are safe and effective. We have the means to all but eradicate those illnesses. Yet there are parents who actually believe prefer the unproven word of celebrities over those of accredited medical doctors and scientists.

Can you imagine the damage these morons could have caused if they were against vaccines for smallpox? Diphtheria? Polio? There would be a lot more dead and crippled people in the world if those yahoos existed back when those vaccines were introduced.

Fortunately most celebrities aren’t espousing such nonsense as those expressed by McCarthy and Maher. The best example is an episode of Penn and Teller’s “Bullsh*t” series which fully debunks the claims of the misguided anti-vaccination crowd, using actual scientific evidence.

The anti-vaccination crowd have no real basis for their opinion except their unfounded and ignorant beliefs. Sadley, it is leading to an increase in the occurrences of these ailments, which could have been prevented had the parents of these children allowed them to be vaccinated. Their baseless views are putting their children in danger, as well as those who’ve yet to be vaccinated.

Medical science isn’t perfect, and there are examples throughout history. However, it gets it right far more often than it gets it wrong. And when it comes to vaccines, it’s proven effective and safe.

Anyone who bases their opinion about vaccines on what a celebrity tells them, rather than the mountain of medical evidence, are not only idiots, they’re dangerous idiots, because they’re putting their children and those of others at risk.

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