Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vaccines, Autism, Whooping Cough, and Lies

Vaccines do not cause autism.
Not vaccinating can lead to death.
I've been moderately galled for a while now with the constant nonsense about vaccines being linked to, or rather outright causing, autism.
The doctor who trumpeted the link faked his research.
He admitted it.
He did it for money.

Now vaccines are out of favour with many. This has led to increased rates of whooping cough .
Now I am extremely galled as a  young child died . This lie led to fear which led to people not taking a simple precaution that would save lives.
 If you don't wish to be vaccinated that is your right. It's a free country, but understand this: there are consequences.
Others pay.
If you get sick and/or die because of your decision, that's fine. I don't care.
But when others get sick because of it, then as far as I'm concerned you've committed assault.

Why does this irritate me?
Because many people decide to forgo getting the shots for themselves or their children because some guy lied for money. His lie bred fear which is still being fed despite the fact it has no basis in reality. It'll be years before the anti-vaccination movement dies, if it ever does.

Negativity feeds on our emotions, and there's a great emotional pull to the idea that a shot causes autism. Fear is easy to believe.
The calm rational truth rarely has those kind of legs. There's no feeling accompanying it to hook on to.
Face it, this truth is dull.
Sadly, our only hope of getting the truth out that routine vaccinations are safe is to have more people get sick and/or die. It's horrible to contemplate, but without an emotional hook the truth will languish in a back room wondering when its turn will come to be heard.

Until then, all we have is the quiet, simple truth: vaccines do not cause autism and anyone who says so is perpetuating  a lie.


Rikk Utas said...

Someone said "beauty is fleeting stupid is forever": people would rather believe the lie because Faux News has conditioned them to believe the worst - and moreover, to relish the worst - possible out-come/ occurrence/ interpretation of events. Lack of decent education, lack of lessons in logic, lack of thinking all mean that we have become a nation of sheep, blindly following whoever screams the loudest. To whit, Stephen Harper/George Bush/ Wildrose. It all comes down to education, and the situation will probably get worse before it gets any better. Keep fighting ignorance, cuz, we may reach someone!

Leah J. Utas said...

Largely true, Rikk. Sadly even some educated thinkers lead with their emotions and will believe anything as long as it's bad.
If only critical thinking came naturally to us.
That said, thanks. I will rail into the fiercest wind as long as I have a breath to spend.

Tabor said...

Anything of a scientific nature that cannot be understand in simple black and white terms is feared. Not sure why people fear science which helps us live longer and safer lives, but FDA is currently under budget constraints and criticism as is EPA.

Red said...

Extremely well said. You put a lot of passion into this topic and it should be. It's exactly as you say. These anti immunization ding bats will cause many needless deaths.

Reb said...

Well said Leah. I am sure that it won't be long before one of these anti-immunization screaming parents will have a child that is autistic and then dies from whooping cough or something and they then turn around and want to sue the government & Dr.'s for not making sure they were forced to have the shots.

Yes, I am sorry that was a run on sentence.

messymimi said...

Thank you.

My kids are vaccinated, and so am i.

Yes, one is high functioning autistic, and therapy has her doing quite well, but the vaccines had nothing to do with it, so is her uncle.

solarity said...

The sister of one of my kindergarten classmates died of measles. That was years before the vaccine, of course, and I cheered when it was invented. I had classmates who survived polio, before the vaccine. What are these people thinking?

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

True, Tabor, and fear is a strong motivator.

Thanks, Red. They don't see it that way.

Reb, it'll be sad. I wonder if they'll be comforted in believing that at least they didn't make the child autistic. (I shuddered as I wrote that.)

Messymimi, glad to know everyone is protected.I wish everyone had your sense.

Mary Anne, they're not thinking at all.