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Dolores
May 17th, 2009, 07:00 PM
With the withdrawal of 10 of the 13 original supporters from the original Lancet paper that kicked off the anti-vaccination craze (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9500320) and the revelation that Andrew Wakefield falsified his results linking vaccination to autism, it would seem as if the anti-vaccination lunatics (http://www.generationrescue.org/) would back off at least a little on their dangerous allegations that vaccines harm more than they save. Instead, it seems as if they've redoubled their efforts.

In discussing the vaccination issue with people who have chosen not to vaccinate their children, I find that a typical reaction to my pro-vaccination opinion is to assume that I simply haven't read enough. Naturally, given my specific interests in the fields of biochemistry and epidemiology, the opposite is true; if anything, I've read too much. I have watched my children, worried, after each vaccination, and breathed a sigh of relief when none of the many well-documented complications arose. None of those well-documented complications happen to be long-term mental deficiency or autism, but that's not stopping the anti-vaccination ignorant from promoting their potentially disastrous propaganda, nor is it stopping the resurgence of formerly eradicated and dangerous diseases like mumps, measles, and rubella. Even tuburculosis and the horrible crippling disease of polio, formerly considered extinct, is on the rise.

Why, in this day of new and increasingly dangerous epidemics such as AIDS and SARS, are we allowing idiots to disarm our bottom-line defenses against diseases we defeated decades ago? This is sheer insanity.

Tsar Phalanxia
May 17th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Unfortunately, people would rather listen to Oprah Winfrey when it coms to vaccinations, rather than doctors with, you know, actual medical degrees.

This is a related news article; one of the many reasons why I hate the Daily Fail. (http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-this-deadly-resistance-to-vaccination-764093.html)

Dayve
May 18th, 2009, 03:04 AM
Vaccinations are fine. I was vaccinated, my two sisters were vaccinated, my entire family, this entire town, this entire country was vaccinated. What probably happened somewhere along the line was 1 kid got sick or died as a result of some freak reaction to a vaccination, and it gave a bored housewife a reason to live by going on a campaign, attracting more bored housewives and fanatics, and now we have whole groups telling people vaccinations kill more than they save, which is clearly not true, it very rarely (extremely rarely) kills at all.

Meh.

Don't forget, also, religion still has a lot of power. When they want something to be presented to the public with their religious spin on it, they get a religious scientist to do insanely lopsided tests and publish the data in a halfway logical manner, and give it to a paper like the daily hatemail, and before you know it the entire country is up in arms about something that doesn't even exist.