Vaccination Resisters: An Epidemic of Fear and IrrationalityTuesday, October 20, 2009
Here’s an article in Wired – a very long article – by an Amy Wallace, titled “Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endanger Us All.” Her theme is just the same old rehash: people who educate themselves on the vaccination issue and balance the perceived benefits with the potential risks, and then come to the conclusion that their children are better off without the juice, are denying the “experts” the control they deserve. They are irrational lunatics feeding off of Google searches, misinforming themselves and rejecting “hard-won knowledge” because clinging to the “pseudo-science” of resisting mandatory vaccinations is their comfort tool to fill the empty voids in their empty lives. Miss Wallace just cannot get over the fact that anyone should actually see the powerful forces at work within the Medical-Congressional-Pharmaceutical complex, and deny them power over their lives and the lives of their children. The vaccination business is all legit – 100% of it – and if you think otherwise, you are a loon and an outcast. Says Watson:
Ah, risk. It is the idea that fuels the anti-vaccine movement — that parents should be allowed to opt out, because it is their right to evaluate risk for their own children. It is also the idea that underlies the CDC’s vaccination schedule — that the risk to public health is too great to allow individuals, one by one, to make decisions that will impact their communities. (The concept of herd immunity is key here: It holds that, in diseases passed from person to person, it is more difficult to maintain a chain of infection when large numbers of a population are immune.)
Wallace’s hero is Paul Offit, a famed vaccination proponent and ‘public intellectual expert’ thought by many to be in the pocket of Big Pharma. He is a guy who is hated by the vaccination deniers, and he is a big believer in the state forcing its mandates on individuals. He says:
“We have seat belt rules,” he says. “Seat belts save lives. There was never a question about that. The data was absolutely clear. But people didn’t use them until they were required to use them.” Furthermore, the decision not to buckle up endangers only you. “Unless you fly through the window and hit somebody else,” he adds. “I believe in mandates. I do.”
This story is like every one I read in that it compares the number of people that die directly from the vaccination to those who actually die from a disease that supposedly would have been prevented by the vaccine. Of course, this makes the vaccination look like a much better risk. But never is there any mention of those who don’t die, but instead suffer from all the various diseases and disorders that destroy their quality of life – whether it’s autism or the numerous and varied (and unexplained) neurological and autoimmune disorders that permeate modern life. Thanks to Matt T. for the article tip.
As a related aside, visit Desiree Jennings, a pretty young girl and bride with her whole, wonderful life ahead of her – before she got a toxic injection referred to as a flu shot.