Friday, December 12, 2014

Anti-Vaxers Causing Measles Outbreaks In Michigan

Some diseases you thought were gone are now making a comeback due to scientific illiterates who believe that vaccinations are bad for you, and due to officials who grant waivers to permit this stupidity:

The Detroit Free Press:  Measles outbreak: Michigan parents opt for vaccine waivers
Michigan has one of the highest rates of vaccination waivers in the U.S. when it comes to its youngest school kids — a ranking that public health officials noted with frustration this week as they battled at least two vaccine-preventable diseases in two northern Michigan counties.
Looking at the comments accompanying the article, it seems there's quite a crowd of anti-vaxing idiots out there including those who seem to think a diet of whole grains and unicorn farts will stop a vial infection.  Quick hint - it didn't stop it in the age before vaccines were prevalent and people were eating "pre-industrialized" whole food, and it sure won't stop it now.

That's causing us to experience live diseases that should be but a distant memory.


Spikessib said...

Argggggh! These drive me absolutley insane. If the anti-vaxxers were even vaguely aware of how fragile children were prior to the development of vaccines they would be terrified of their own idiocy. Or not. Heinlein was right when he said, "Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”
Seems to be the same with illness.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Count me among the "idiots". Not against vaccinations, just against multiple vaccinations at one time. Not every immune system is strong enough to withstand them. Not all vaccines are prepared safely.

My youngest son is an Army medic. He won't allow his children to receive multiple vaccinations. He also insists on reading the labels before the shots are administered.