anonymous asked:

Who are you to belittle a doctor who has spent many years in medical school, studying thousands of different illnesses, medicines and interventions, by calling them an idiot? Until you get your PhD and become a general practitioner, you can then have a say about a DOCTORS level of knowledge. But in the mean time, sit the fuck down.

I’m Misty Weston who the fuck are you?

I’m rubbishing that doctor because she hasn’t seen measles before and I was notified of this as she was examining him, she was using Google images to attempt to diagnose and actually said the sentence “you don’t get spots in your mouth from measles” which is misinformation and then left me with “I’m fifty percent sure it’s measles or I’m fifty percent sure it’s this.” She left me with no real diagnosis, She didn’t have a clue and did not instill me with confidence that she knew what she was dealing with.

Before we went in that doctors room, we had to be put in a room away because we weren’t allowed to wait in the waiting room as a precaution another doctor saw him and could see it was measles, my nana who has seen measles has said it’s measles, my grandad who has had measles has said it’s measles, every human being that has seen his skin, mouth and literally impeccably ‘on time’ symptoms of measles has been 100% sure it’s measles, he’s also possibly come in to contact with a person with measles.

Here’s a tip darling, don’t tell me to ‘sit down’ on anonymous because i don’t have a PHD and think your ass is a hard one. I don’t need a PHD to know the BASIC SYMPTOMS and to know what the fuck I’m talking about and to know when somebody is giving me blatant misinformation by saying “you don’t get spots in your mouth from measles” when in fact, three or four days into getting measles you do and they are called kopliks spots. Oh and may I add that the particular doctors I go to once left Elijah undiagnosed four times in one week and I had to take him to hospital to get him diagnosed. And as somebody with a bit of intelligence and common sense I’m hardly going to hold much confidence in their judgement If they can’t even diagnose a terrible ear infection and don’t know the basic symptoms of a serious thing like measles.

When you are a parent you know when something is wrong, if I hadn’t taken the four trips to doctors and the one to the hospital last time he was poorly he wouldn’t of been diagnosed, so why don’t you’d the fuck down’ princess, because they are my kids and luckily they have me looking after them and not you. :)

The only person missing from this chain of people walking off the cliff is the Innocent Child (wearing Mickey Mouse ears and being dragged by the ankle).

We owe a debt of gratitude to all the people currently suffering from the measles (whether or not they were vaccinated), because their illness is making more people aware of the ridiculousness and danger of “Following the Blind Anti-Vaxxers”.

How the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don’t

Measles is back in the US – and it’s spreading. More than 100 cases across 14 states and Washington DC have been confirmed by US health officials since an outbreak began at Disneyland last December. 

With a majority of those infections in unvaccinated people, widespread blame – from Washington to the rest of the world – has fallen on parents who chose not to vaccinate their children.

Many parents think that measles is a disease of the past. But unless we increase vaccination rates, it will be a disease of the future.
—  CDC Director Tom Frieden

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve indulged the anti-vaxx crowd long enough. Now that we’ve done a bang-up job bringing measles – a potentially serious and once effectively “eradicated” disease — roaring back in unprecedented numbers this winter, lawmakers are at last taking a harder look at the “personal exemptions” that have for years enabled parents to send their kids to school unvaccinated. It’s about time.

Your “personal beliefs” don’t trump science.


Why Vaccines Work

This week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart is a shot in the arm about the importance of vaccines. Please check it out, and share it with your friends and family.

We’ve all heard the recent news that diseases like measles are making a comeback in some parts of the U.S. thanks to some parents decision to not vaccinate their kids (or to vaccinate them on a different schedule than what doctors recommend). Vaccine rates remain pretty high overall (although the U.S. is far from first place), but super-infectious diseases like measles only require a bit of complacency to rear their ugly viral heads. 

Vaccines have saved more than 700,000 children’s lives, and that's just since 1994. Diseases like diphtheria and polio have essentially been eradicated from Earth. In the 20th century, 1.7 BILLION people were killed by infectious diseases, many of which are now vaccine preventible.  

Anyone needing further reminder of just how effective vaccines have been at saving lives need only look at this infographic by Leon Farrant:

As Seth Mnookin puts it, vaccines have become “victims of their own success." 

What do I mean by that? Thankfully (Jonas Salk FTW!), almost no one in my generation knows anybody with polio, or any of a host of other horrible diseases. But I worry this has made their threats seem distant, giving us a sort of complacency or "generational amnesia” for things that are actually really freakin’ dangerous. In fact, my video features a story about scurvy, another forgotten disease, that rings disturbingly true today.

Vaccine fears are not new. They didn’t start with Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield or the completely fraudulent claims of vaccines causing autism. They actually go back to 1796 when Edward Jenner tested the first smallpox vaccine. But to refuse them, to deny their life-saving importance in this day and age, in a nation where science has allowed us to have a quality of life never before seen in the history of human civilization, that is the worst kind of privilege.

When we protect ourselves and our children with vaccines, we protect everyone around us. As Eula Biss says, vaccines are “based on people voluntarily using their bodies to protect other vulnerable people.” They are one of the most altruistic and friendly things we can do to aid our fellow humans. Let’s not forget that.

Dude the other day in my class, my professor was talking about the whole measles thing and she was like “and measles is coming back because for some reason, parents aren’t vaccinating their children. Oh wait, I know why they aren’t. Because they’re scared their child will get autism. Which is stupid, but even if it were true, that means that parents would rather a dead child than a child with autism. Which is ridiculous.” Like let that sink in for a moment.

Please stop reporting “Measles Parties” (before they actually start happening). Huffington Post, CBS, Salon, ABC, and Fox claim that anti-vaxxer parents are sending their children to chickenpox-style play dates with kids who have measles, because apparently dying when you’re a kid is way less dangerous than dying in adulthood. So what do these dopes have to say for themselves? Nothing, because they don’t exist. There isn’t a single known case of this actually happening.

The entire story came from one woman telling a radio host that another parent asked her in passing if she wanted to give her kids the measles. From that single offer (which the mother turned down) we got “PARENTS EVERYWHERE ARE HOLDING MEASLES PARTIES!” screamed at us with the excited fury of a media hell-bent on fueling shame toward anti-vaxxers while simultaneously introducing them to a brand-new stupid thing they can start doing. Thanks!

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