vaccine preventable

Before I start this little spiel, I need you all to know: I’m not hating on people who don’t vaccinate their kids, and while I know for a fact BASED ON facts that vaccines don’t cause autism or other “defects”, I’m all for continuing research to make them even better and safer.

But you know what really, really scares me about the anti-vax movement? As a future Public Health Professional, the thing that scares me most about this is the fact that our cultural mindset has become so CHILL about vaccine-preventable/”childhood” diseases that there is even room for such a movement. Let me explain.

Do y’all know what an R0 is? The R-naught, as it is called, is the basic reproduction rate of a disease. It tells you how many new infections can come from one existing infection. For example, an R-naught of 3 (R3) means that, on average, one sick person will infect three other people. Every disease has an R-naught, some greater and some lesser.

Do you remember when everyone was freaking out about Ebola? Everyone was terrified of catching it, because it’s SOOOOO contagious and deadly, right? Ebola has an R-naught of 2. That’s it. R2. One person with Ebola, on average, will get 2 more people sick. And we were freaking out about that.

Well guess what? Measles is the most contagious disease known to mankind, and it has an R-naught of 18. 18. One person with measles will give it to 18 new people, and those people will give it to 18 new people EACH, and so on. That’s what happened with the Disneyland outbreak; it’s so ridiculously contagious that just ONE sick child was enough to start an epidemic.

And yet very few people are as scared of measles as they are of Ebola. Why is that? One reason could be the nature of the disease, sure; Ebola is terrifying in its progression and symptoms. But I would suggest that a major reason is that measles has been so well-contained by vaccination that people no longer fear it. It’s not a part of every-day life anymore; this disease is no big deal because nobody gets it, because so many people are vaccinated against it. Let’s put this another way.

What are the diseases that scare everyone the most: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and SARS are pretty high on the list of terror diseases. But let’s look at the R0s, shall we: Ebola-R2. HIV/AIDS-R5. SARS-R5. 

Now let’s look at diseases that people are voluntarily rejecting vaccinations against: Measles, Pertussis, and Diphtheria are the major ones. Their R0s? Measles-R18. Pertussis-R17. Diptheria-R7.

Everyone focuses on the former set of diseases– rightly so, I suppose– because they’re more dangerous at the present time. What makes them more dangerous? Not their R0; it’s the fact that there is no viable treatment, and NO VACCINE. Seriously, that’s why the medical community is worried about them. There’s no way to treat or PREVENT their spread biologically. Well guess what? There’s no viable treatment for Measles or Pertussis, and only limited treatment options for Diphtheria. That’s why the medical community doesn’t focus on them as much, because we can prevent them at the biological level, safely and effectively.

But now that the Anti-Vax movement has taken hold so firmly, the medical community is now being forced to once more worry about diseases it had almost eradicated. And not only that, it’s endangering herd immunity for the people who can’t receive their own vaccines due to compromised immune systems. I’m allergic to eggs, so I can’t receive the flu shot, but I’m also asthmatic so I can’t get the inhaled vaccine. I rely entirely on the people I associate with to keep me safe from the flu by getting their yearly shot. This made public school a living nightmare, because almost NOBODY got their shot. They caught it, and while it didn’t affect them TOO terribly because they were generally healthy, when I caught it, it was very dangerous because of my asthma. And then there’s that time when I caught the flu, and then right after because of my weakened immune system, I caught Whooping Cough from someone who hadn’t been vaccinated. I HAD been vaccinated, but my body was so fatigued from the flu that it couldn’t keep up with immune demands. And so I caught it.

Have you ever had Pertussis (whooping cough)? It’s hard enough on someone with full lung capacity; it can break ribs, it makes you cough so hard. You cough until there is literally no air in your lungs, and you have to inhale so forcefully it makes the “whooping” sound that gives it the name. It’s painful beyond belief, and it can last for weeks. Some people will survive it. But add that to asthma, or to a young child, or to an elderly person, and you are looking at either permanent damage or death, no exceptions. When I had it, I was about 6 years old, and asthmatic; I spent 81 hours awake because the coughing was so violent I physically couldn’t sleep. I tore abdominal muscles. I vomited during coughing fits and aspirated the vomit. I was actively dying. The doctors could barely suppress the cough enough for me to breathe at all. My inhaler wasn’t helping, none of the cough syrups or breathing treatments were helping; I was getting pneumonia on top of the virus. It was Hell. I was LUCKY that I didn’t die.

Who would wish that on their child? Nobody, I hope. And if you KNEW you could keep your child from ever experiencing that, wouldn’t you do whatever it took to ensure their safety?

Or would you look at the safeguard and say, “Nah. I’ll take my chances with my child’s life.”?

That is what the anti-vax movement is doing. Perhaps not purposefully, but that’s the end result. These aren’t just names on syringes designed to make a child cry; the diseases are real, and real threats to health and life, and the vaccines are how you prevent them. Yet we are so far removed from the impact and effects of these diseases BECAUSE of the peace brought to us BY vaccines that people now feel no qualm about refusing vaccines.

That’s what scares me about the anti-vax movement; people have become so complacent that they no longer worry about these very real, very deadly diseases. They’d rather risk their child’s life than get a shot? The side effects of vaccines are unproven (nonexistent), but the efficacy of vaccines are very much proven.

When the pertussis vaccine first came out, people jumped on it right away. They were so grateful to have it, and for a while everything was smooth sailing, and whooping cough was on the decline. Then, in the 70s, some groups started claiming the pertussis vaccine was causing brain injury in young children. Less than 50 in 15 million cases were reported, but it was enough to scare people away from the vaccine. And children began dying again. It was later discovered that it was NOT the vaccine, but the result of infantile epilepsy, that caused the brain damage. People began once more vaccinating their children, but not before hundreds if not thousands had died.

And that’s what’s happening now. A falsified claim scared just enough people that time-tested, lab-tested, fully-proven, totally safe vaccines are being rejected, and we’re already starting to pay with lives. And I’m scared it’s going to get worse. People don’t really grasp the full import of these diseases and the necessity of the vaccines until they have experienced the disease. I’m scared that it’s going to come down to new epidemics before people will realize the mistake of not vaccinating.

Right now we’re still in the semi-safe zone. Enough of the population is immunized that we could probably keep most pandemics of these diseases at bay. But if this movement keeps gaining momentum, there might come a day when measles and pertussis could once again destroy thousands of people yearly. Imagine if some terrorist group weaponized Ebola and used it against this country; so many people would die, because we have no vaccine for it, no way to prevent it. That is what could happen with diseases like mumps, rubella, measles, pertussis, Diphtheria, and polio. Except it wouldn’t be terrorists using a disease as a weapon; it would be some kid in your child’s class, or your neighbor across the street, or the guy who delivers the mail to your office. That’s how life used to be, and if someone from the pre-vaccine era could see us now, they’d weep for joy at the idea that we can prevent these horrific diseases; and then they’d weep in sorrow at the idea that people are voluntarily turning down that safeguard.

It’s true, vaccines aren’t always 100% effective; I was immunized, but still got Whooping Cough (lowered immune function, if you recall). But you know who didn’t get it? My baby sister. My big sister. My cousins. My mother and father. My classmates, the other kids at my doctor’s office. The nurses at the hospital. The pharmacy workers. Their children. The kids my mom taught at school. All those people were safe because of vaccines. And you know what else? When I was in India, I was exposed to polio. Didn’t get it. Know why? I was vaccinated. I was exposed to chicken pox in 5th grade. One unvaccinated kid got it, and the other 4 kids in our class who weren’t vaccinated got it. But you know who didn’t? The rest of us who WERE vaccinated.


Vaccination may not be perfect, and the only way we will improve them is by continuing research. But the fact remains that as they are now, vaccines cause no lasting side effects (injection site pain goes away), and are extremely effective at preventing dangerous, painful, debilitating, often deadly diseases. Let’s keep researching, yes, but in the mean time, PLEASE vaccinate. It’s not worth your life, or your child’s, or anyone else’s. Vaccines save lives, not destroy them.

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The Latest On Zika: Microcephaly, GBS, Transmission, Prevention
More than a year after being declared an international health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Zika no longer a public health emergency – an acknowledgement not that the outlook is improving, but that the virus is here to stay. Cases are still reported regularly - so far the WHO has documented cases in 76 countries and territories in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Western Pacific.

39 countries with locally acquired circulation of Zika virus since January 2007

20X more likely for pregnant women with Zika to have a baby with microcephaly

13 countries had an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome coinciding with a Zika outbreak

26 additional species of mosquitoes may be able to transmit Zika

3 Zika vaccine candidates advance to human studies

Should my son get the HPV vaccine?

Maya Kumar, MD, adolescent medicine specialist at UC San Diego Health answers:

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, 79 million Americans are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), with 14 million new infections each year. Many people know about the association between HPV infection and cervical cancer in women. As a consequence, HPV has been dubbed a “woman’s infection.” However, approximately 40 percent of HPV-related cancers occur in men.

The most common HPV-related cancers in men are oropharyngeal cancers, such as mouth, tongue or laryngeal cancer. Women can get these too, but men are three times as likely as women to carry oral HPV. Rarer HPV-related cancers in men include penile cancer and anal cancer. HPV can also cause warts in the head and neck region (example: laryngeal warts affecting the voice box) and on the genitals. While these warts are not life-threatening, they significantly impact quality of life.

Parents have often heard that the virus is sexually transmitted and wonder why their child would need vaccination. Most STDs affect a small proportion of the population and can generally be avoided with safe sexual practices alone, making vaccination against these diseases on a large scale unnecessary. HPV is different. About 90 percent of all men and women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives, even with safe sexual practices. Even if you only have one partner for your whole life, you can still get HPV and suffer its devastating consequences. HPV vaccination is the only dependable way to prevent it because it is almost impossible to avoid with lifestyle and behavioral decisions alone.

Parents may also wonder why it is necessary in childhood. Vaccines work best when they are given well before a person is exposed to a disease. The CDC recommends age 11-to-12 years old as the ideal time for vaccination. Recently, the CDC announced that if HPV vaccination is initiated before age 14, only two doses of the vaccine (at least six months apart) are required. If, however, vaccination begins at age 15 or older, three doses of the vaccine (at 0, 1-2 months and 6 months) are needed. This may be because the antibody response to the vaccine appears to be more robust in children 14 years and under, so fewer doses still provide sufficiently strong protection.

The HPV vaccine is an extremely safe vaccine. It contains no mercury, thimerosal or any other harmful preservatives. It also does not contain any live virus, or even any inactivated viral components that could cause infection. Because it is a completely synthetic vaccine, getting infected from it is impossible. As with any vaccine there are some risks. However, as of March 2016, almost 90 million doses of HPV vaccine had been distributed in the United States with no new long-term serious adverse effects identified.

On a personal note, I elected to be vaccinated against HPV when the vaccine became available years ago. I would have no hesitation vaccinating my own children or the children of my friends or relatives. So take it from someone who walks the walk: I strongly recommend the HPV vaccine for both your sons and your daughters.”

Can't afford the vet, can't afford the pet.

When we in the veterinary industry defiantly cry “If you can’t afford the vet then you can’t afford the pet,” please try to understand what we’re talking about.

We’re not talking about people that have a pet for years, fall on hard times and can’t find the $3000 it needs for surgery or intensive care. Life happens. Goodness knows most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around either.

We’re talking about people who spend $1000’s on a new puppy… But can’t afford vaccines, desexing or heartworm preventative.

We’re talking about people who ‘rescue’ an animal but fail to provide it with basic care.

Or 'rescues’ that aren’t treating the issues of animals they acquire, especially if they delay treatment to beg for donations online.

And the people that haven’t wanted to spend money on preventative care for their senior pet for the last three years because “she’s old and will die soon.”

Or the ones that spend hundreds of dollars on doggy fashion accessories but accuse you of price gouging on antibiotics.

Who can’t borrow $50 from all the people they know, but want a payment plan from you. And a discount because they 'rescued’ it as a puppy.

For whom $20 of take home pain relief is 'just too much’.

Who keep acquiring more and more animals with problems that need extensive treatment that they can’t pay for.

Look, we don’t want to see anything suffer and will help out when we can, and try to tailor things to your budget…

But if you can’t afford BASIC veterinary care, then you cannot afford the pet. Don’t get it.

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The sound of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Please vaccinate your children • r/videos
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Those of you who know me know that I keep most of my personal views to myself. This is one of those rare times that I feel it’s my responsibility, as a kind-of-pseudo-Internet presence, to speak up.

I don’t care how uncomfortable this video makes you. I don’t care if it makes you cry, or if it ruins your day. Every single one of you that sees this needs to watch it.

I don’t know how many anti-vaxxers are on this site, or in my community, but this is what you’re actively contributing toward by not being vaccinated. You, yes YOU, are actively contributing to children contracting awful diseases like this by choosing not to vaccinate yourself and your children. Not some nebulous, all-encompassing ‘you’. I am talking to YOU, the person reading this who has chosen not to be vaccinated. Who has decided that it is perfectly fine for you to take this child’s life into your hands and decide that this suffering is acceptable. 

Reblog this. Spread it around. It’s awful to watch. I don’t like children, I don’t want them, but even I had a hard time getting through this. This is the reality of a society that places pseudo-science above actual, hard facts.

Anti-vaccination causes deaths. It prevents nothing. It spreads disease and kills children that should have grown up to be therapists and carpenters and authors. It ends lives and saves nothing.

Vaccinate yourself and your children. Don’t be the carrier that ends a child’s life.

“Are you sure this is necessary?”

Will rolled his eyes, laying the Mythomagic cards down on the tray that had been dragged over Nico’s bed. It was day two of flu-hell in the infirmary, and Nico had been one of the first to come down with it. All of the campers that were sick had been quarantined, and half of the Apollo cabin was out giving vaccines to prevent spread.

“If it wasn’t necessary, you wouldn’t be here.” Nico had been too sick to do much of anything yesterday, with a high fever that had him out cold when he wasn’t throwing up, but now that his fever was down a bit and he wasn’t constantly vomiting, Will was trying to keep his spirits up when he wasn’t busy working. He was currently sitting crosslegged at the bottom of the bed, trying to learn the rules of Mythomagic.

“Will, I just want to go sleep in my own bed…” Nico complained, his voice hoarse from all of the puking, cheeks still a bit flushed.

“Sorry, angel.” Will said, shooting him a sympathetic look. “We’re trying to keep it from spreading and if you’re here, I can keep a better eye on you and keep you company on my breaks. How does this work again?” He asked, holding up one of the cards.

Nico heaved a heavy sigh, but let the subject change anyways, quietly explaining the attack value of the card before playing his own.

Twenty more minutes into the game and Nico was getting pale again, his hands shaking as he held the cards. “Hey…” Will murmured, “You oughta get some rest, I need to go check around anyways and see how everyone’s doing. We can finish later, okay?”

Nico gave a small nod, closing his eyes and exhaling slowly. Will smiled a little, moving to pick up the cards and clean off the table, humming under his breath. He was putting them back into the deck when Nico leaned over, rather suddenly, to vomit into the trashcan at the side of the bed, barely making it in time.

Will winced at the noise, pushing the tray aside and reaching down to grab the trashcan, bringing it up enough that Nico wouldn’t have to lean so much. Nico heaved once more, bringing up a thin wave of stomach acid and the water he’d tried to drink a half hour ago.

“Hey, hey… Just breathe, you’re okay…” Will murmured gently, helping him sit back and grabbing a couple of tissues. He climbed off of the bed, shuffling over to Nico’s side and fixing the pillows, grabbing a water bottle and offering it to Nico.

“No, Will–“ Nico croaked, shaking his head feverently. “I can’t, I don’t want to throw up anymore, please.” It looked like his fever might have been going up again, his words a little hysterical, his eyes wide and borderline teary.

“Hey, hey, you don’t have to drink it, just rinse your mouth out. Give your stomach a break.” Will murmured, stroking his hair back and kissing his cheek. “Just relax, getting worded up will only make it worse.” He promised. “Breathe, close your eyes. I’ll get you a cold compress, okay? I’ll be right back.”

Nico nodded slowly, and Will headed off to find the desired item, returning a minute or two later to find his boyfriend out cold, snoring softly. Head tilted back, his fever dampened hair slicked to his forehead, cheeks flushed from his temperature- Nico looked miserable, but he looked a little cute, too.

Will sighed, wrapping the compress in a damp washcloth and lying it on Nico’s forehead, fixing his pillows and blankets.

“Hey, Solace-“ Kayla called gently, grinning at him from a cot across the room. “Quit playing favorites and do your job, healer.”

originalotaku  asked:

90% of the world's population has herpes.

It is a comforting thought, but that’s the combination of HSV1 and HSV2 worldwide. In the US, according to the CDC, 56% of people have HSV1, about 1 in 6 have HSV2 (it’s more common in women than men, about 1 in 4 for women and 1 in 8 for men). So that’s 16.6% of people ages 14+ with HSV2. 

There really isn’t much of a difference between the strains other than HSV2 evolved an extra genome that allows it to infect people infected with HSV1. Most people with just HSV2 are protected from HSV1 unless their immune systems are severely compromised. 

So, given that there is some overlap of people having both, that means that there is about 60-70% of people in the US with either type of herpes, whether they know it or not.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know this. Historically, HSV wasn’t listed in medical text books. It wasn’t until there was a marketing campaign to advertise Acyclovir, a compound only found to inhibit the replication of herpes simplex viruses, was created, that a campaign of doom was also created. This is around the time the Time Magazine issue titled, “The New Scarlet Letter: Herpes, an incurable virus, threatens to undo the sexual revolution” came out. 

This was soon overshadowed by AIDs panic, but regardless, the stigma stays well-ingrained.

Rumor has it that support groups were even created by  Burroughs Wellcome Co., the pharmaceutical company that invented Acyclovir, in an effort to further stigmatize and separate individuals, while raking in billions a year in revenue. 

Anyway, you probably already know all of this, but I’ve filled my brain with just about everything to do with HSV since I was diagnosed this June, and I wanted to share this with some who follow me, because I know that I had absolutely no clue.

All I learned about HSV were images of swollen sore covered mouths and genitals in middle school sex ed, which I didn’t give a quarter of a thought about.  I was a dumb gum-smacking kid, probably day-dreaming about how cute kittens are or wondering why my best friend was being a cunt.

Here are some IMPORTANT things that I learned about HSV that everyone should know:

1. People can transmit the virus even if they’re not having a noticeable outbreak, which is why so many people have it.

YOU CAN’T INSPECT SOMEONE’S GENITALS PRE-SEX, SEE NOTHING OF CONCERN, AND THEN ASSUME THEY ARE HSV-FREE.

I have never seen anything of concern on Barren’s genitals.

YOU CAN’T INSPECT YOUR OWN GENITALS, SEE NOTHING OF CONCERN, AND ASSUME YOU ARE HSV FREE.

I have never had a noticeable outbreak.

2. 16.6% of adults have HSV2, that’s just the kind that “prefers” the genitals, but either strain can swap locations. There are plenty of people with HSV1 genitally, because their first exposure to HSV1, the commonly called “cold sore” variant, was through oral sex. Ella Dawson is a herpes activist that has HSV1 genitally (Watch her TedTalk sometime, it’s great, and she’s adorable), and I have met more than a few within support groups both online and in person with HSV1 genitally. 

But, to put HSV2 into context alone, 16.6% of people have HSV2. According to the 2015 US Census, 14.3% of the TOTAL American population is African-American. 

Basically, if everyone walked around with a little SIM’s tag above their heads with their HSV type/types, there wouldn’t be a stigma. Or, at least, not nearly as big of a one as there currently is. 

However, for reasons listed above, most people infected with either strain are not aware that they are.

3. Although billions of people have either virus, only 2% of them suffer horribly. In the past, before IGG testing was a thing, these were the people who “had herpes,” the ones whose immune systems were unable, for whatever reason, to control it. Now 2% seems like a low number, but when you factor in BILLIONS of individuals have HSV, that’s millions of individuals who suffer recurrences.

Whether an individual has noticeable symptoms or not, due to the social stigma and fear of transmitting to loved ones, people contemplate suicide and even take their lives over this diagnosis (Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend being one of them, if you don’t want Jim Carrey ruined for you, do not Google more about this). 

So it’s important to support research into better treatment options and even cures.

People are using CRISPR tools to try to access the latent genome and clear the virus for good from people’s bodies, but that is currently only in animal studies, and is an estimated decade down the line- IF it works out. So what’s the next best bet?

There are a few companies in phase II trials for herpes therapeutic vaccines, this means individuals would only need a few shots instead of a life-time of medication. Genocea’s Gen 003 is the one closest to market in the US, and will likely be made commercially available by 2020. The most promising one, Bill Halford’s Theravax, made by the company Rational Vaccines, has sent some participants into full remission of symptoms. He will be entering Phase II soon, but he is side-stepping the FDA and going overseas to conduct his trials. He has developed a preventative vaccine as well. For more information on Bill Halford’s work go to liveherpesvaccine.com or rationalvaccines.com.

Another possible therapeutic,  Pritelivir, was haulted by the FDA due to it showing liver toxicity in monkeys at 100x the dose. This was heart breaking to many sufferers, because in earlier trials it was shown to be way more effective than Valtrex, and could also be used in combination with Valtrex due to it having a different mechanism of action. The company is striving to lift the ban for further studies.

So, there are things in motion, and those things should be supported. It’s a needless infection that we should do away with globally, because I believe unfortunately, no matter how many times people say “90% of the world’s population has herpes,” the stigma will not go away until the virus itself does. It’s sad, but it’s appearing to be true.

4. Condoms do not protect fully against HSV. It is a skin-to-skin contact virus, and condoms do not cover all of the skin involved during sexual intercourse. Think of Ross from Friends when he realized condoms do not fully protect against pregnancy. It’s a little like that. That said, there are other STDs, and condoms do cover SOME surface area, so you’re better with one than without.

5. Finally, my last point which goes without saying, there are people evil enough in this world to lie about their STD status. Let me repeat. THERE ARE PEOPLE EVIL ENOUGH IN THIS WORLD TO LIE ABOUT THEIR STD STATUS. If you’re afraid of catching either strain, make sure to include a type-specific HSV blood test in your testing with new partners. You may have to fight for it, as most doctors don’t like to administer these tests due to how common the infection is in contrast with how drastic the social stigma is. Don’t feel like you’re invincible. Don’t feel like it can’t happen to you .Like I pointed out in my last post, some will acquire it through their partners cheating as well. I’ve met more than a few that acquired it this way, so even doing blood work pre-relationship is no guarantee.

Thank you for the prompt for this novel.

rena-cicle  asked:

Adding onto the gmo thing like When I see food in the store like chicken that says "no antibiotics ever!" It's a total sham because it's mandatory to vaccinate your livestock to prevent transmissible diseases??? The protocol is just to make sure that the meat sold in the end is antibiotic free but when it's alive it needs medicine sooooooo

Yeah it’s so stupid how people have all these negative connotations with GMOs and non-organic and non-antibiotic food like it’s literally fine and most likely better and most likely cheaper as well

College Gothic

You reach into your mail slot to see if there’s any word. A hand grabs yours, sinking its nails into your flesh. “Hi, Daniel,” you say. He lets go.

Sitting in the library, an announcement comes over the speakers. “Do not leave anything or anyone unattended in the library.” You realize no one is there with you. How long have you been there?

Your alarm goes off for your first class. Getting ready to climb down from your lofted bed, you see the creature on your floor again. You decide to skip class.

You have to cross a bridge over the river to get to a class. The bridge collapsed years ago, and there’s no word when it will be fixed. You hear the screams of students as they fail to jump across.

There are only three classes offered at your university: defense, prevention, and vaccination. You’re failing all three.

In your last class of the day, the lecture hall is full. Not of people, though. No, they’re waiting in the hallway as terrified as you are of what’s sitting inside.

There have been no professors in several years. Somehow, everyone is able to learn. Somehow everyone’s minds are connected. You don’t question it. Neither do they.

Some people run on campus at night. They run during the day, too. They never stop running. Are they being chased? They look so tired.

anonymous asked:

it is so refreshing to see a vegan who isn't against vaccinations! if you choose not to get vaccinated, you are putting so many people in danger (newborn babies, chemotherapy patients, organ transplant patients) who cannot get vaccinated themselves and rely on "herd immunity" for safety. Vaccines may not be vegan, but getting vaccinated against preventable diseases is surely the most compassionate way to live as it protects so many other people. Thanks Ally x

No problem ☺️ It’s a sad reality that animal testing still exists but if I hadn’t been vaccinated as a kid I might not still be alive today or could have made other children dangerously ill. Since introducing vaccines, Diphtheria, H. influenza, Hep A or B, Measles, Mumps, Polio and Rubella all decreased between 98-100%. I’m very grateful for that xx

Getting your child vaccinated helps protect others in your community—like your neighbor who has cancer and cannot get certain vaccines, or your best friend’s newborn baby who is too young to be fully vaccinated. When everyone in a community who can get vaccinated does get vaccinated, it helps to prevent the spread of disease and can slow or stop an outbreak. Choosing to protect your child with vaccines is also a choice to help protect your family, friends, and neighbors, too.

OK but the anti-vaxxer movement is deeply offensive on so many levels and not just because it adamantly refuses to accept reality, screams over anyone who presents scientific evidence as to why they are literally causing innocent children to needlessly die, and comes up with more absurd claims. Vaccines cause autism, now cancer? Get fucked you idiots. It’s offensive for more than the obvious core element that is willful neglect and child abuse. It’s offensive that they saw the idea of an autistic child as a nightmare scenario they’d rather risk harming their child than submit them to. What utter ableist fuckery. As a person who is on the autistic spectrum it’s this uncomfortably personal position where an entire movement of people are masquerading as “concerned parents” who want what’s best for their kids but what it really says is “we hate you, we don’t understand you, but we think being like you is disgusting and we will do anything we can to stop our child from being like you - including abusing them.” I will not be shamed by the anti-vaxxer movement into thinking of myself as someone who needs to be cured of some life-destroying impediment because I’m fucking not. Even if there was some magical fantasy alternative reality where vaccines sometimes caused autism then the idea that not giving a child a vaccine to prevent autism is still not being a concerned parent. It’s being an ableist asshole.

Fuck you. Fuck your denial of reality. Fuck you for causing premature deaths in children from preventable diseases. Fuck you for your willful neglect. Fuck you for spitting on the humanity of every person with autism out there and treating us like we’re diseased and unwanted.

Fuck. You.

The feral cat that lives in my neighborhood had kittens!

anonymous asked:

Mine and the other kids Mothers used to call each other when one of their kids was sick so the others could all sleepover and get it, so we'd become immune. I'm only 27 and she was doing it well into My teens Lol but I agreed with it so it was Okaaaa

I mean, as long as you agreed with it I guess.

My mother was talking about this too. It was more in terms of just getting all the kids to have it at once so they didn’t have to worry about having to deal with kid after kid getting the same illness.

I still think vaccines are the way to go. My aunt had polio. My grandma’s shingles pained her for three years until she died. Not to mention the umbrella effect of vaccines. I am always filled with rage when I hear that a child with a compromised immune system and therefore can’t get vaccinated gets a completely preventable disease.