Antivaxxers: Your kids don’t live in bubbles

11 thoughts on “Antivaxxers: Your kids don’t live in bubbles”

  1. I’m definitely with you on this Pied. As much as I m for the freedom to choose, this is about as cut and dried as a public safety issue can be. It’s funny, I just watched Monday’s episode of House M.D., which was about a guy so fearful for his family that he maintained a secret arsenal in his home and yet allowed his crazy fear of vaccinations to put him at death’s door with a case of diphtheria!

    1. I watched “House,” too. It’s one of my favorites. It’s no wonder they didn’t think of diphtheria. Thanks to vaccinations, we just don’t see it anymore.

      1. Some aspects of that House episode were included in a rather long post, about paranoia of all things, I was working on the morning, which mysteriously vanished after another of those random PC freeze-ups. 😯

  2. Idiots like Jenny McCarthy based all of their antivax nonsense on a flawed study of TWELVE kids, a study that has since been retracted and the researcher shamed beyond all hope of redemption. But big-titted blonde comediennes know best!

    1. Honestly, I wonder if any study with only 12 subjects can possibly have any credibility at all. At the most, it should only be seen by other researchers to suggest a direction of study.

    1. As a doctor’s daughter who worked as a medical editor, I tend to be rather opinionated in this area. Even without that background, I like to think I’m smart enough to understand the general principles of modern science and medicine, as well as responsible personal behavior.

  3. I suspect most of the anti-vaccine paranoia is due to uncertainty about the causes of autism and asthma, but IMO it is foolish to simply assume vaccines are the cause. The perils of non-vaccination are a known quality, and I fully endorse Pied’s sentiments, but will urge my kids to get the grandkids the HPV shots too. Known dangers trump unknown possibilities every time in my book.

    Good post, Pied.

    1. I just think the HPV vax is in a different category from other childhood vaccines. Cervical cancer is a pretty remote risk and certainly won’t be spread in the classroom — unlike measles, mumps, rubella, and polio and their potential for widespread or epidemic outbreaks.

... and that's my two cents