vaccine skepticism

Anti-vaccination activist mom changes her tune when all 7 kids get whooping cough

The anti-vaccination movement is an idiotic, anti-science trend pushed by Hollywood liberals like Jenny McCarthy. The result has been a resurgence of preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough.  One mom, an anti-vaccination activist in Canada, is finding the truth about her self-righteous platform the hard way. 

from Washington Post:

In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I’m scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.

Yes, Tara Hills was stuck in isolation at her Ottawa home for more than a week with her sick children and her regrets about refusing to vaccinate them against the highly contagious respiratory disease. Whooping cough, a bacterial infection, causes violent, uncontrollable coughing and is best known for the telltale sound victims make as they try to draw breath.

Occasionally, it can be fatal, especially in infants less than a year old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Hills kids completed a course of antibiotics and were released from isolation Tuesday.

“I set out to prove that we were right,” Hills said in an interview with the Washington Post, “and in the process found out how wrong we were.”
Vaccination rates in Canada, like those in United States, have waned in some communities, mostly as a result of increased skepticism about the dangers of immunization that have spread on the Internet despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective. A debunked 1998 study linked the measles vaccine to autism. Both Canada and the U.S. have suffered large outbreaks of whooping cough and measles in recent years.

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Let me be clear: as a libertarian, I don’t believe anyone should be forced to vaccinate their children, but it shouldn’t take an oppressive government to force you to do something that’s plainly based in science and common sense. The decision to protect your children from preventable disease is part of personal responsibility. I will never support a government agency forcing vaccination on anyone, but you’re an idiot if you don’t do it voluntarily.  

It’s no different than seatbelts.  Do I support police writing seatbelt tickets to boost revenue for their departments?  No.  Going without a seatbelt in your car shouldn’t be a crime.  However, you’re an idiot if don’t wear you’re seatbelt. 

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In the face of a growing measles outbreak, President Obama is urging parents to heed modern science and vaccinate their children.

“There is every reason to get vaccinated — there aren’t reasons to not,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News. Excerpts from the interview were aired Sunday night and Monday morning.

“I just want people to know the facts and science and the information,” the president said. “And the fact is that a major success of our civilization is our ability to prevent disease that in the past have devastated folks. And measles is preventable.”

An epidemic of vaccination skepticism-according to public health officials, a small — but growing — number of individuals are eschewing vaccinations for their children, which led to a record year for measles cases in 2014.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/02/get-your-kids-vaccinated-obama-tells-parents-doubting-indisputable-science/