I woke up one morning to a news piece on the measles outbreak at a Texas church whose preacher had the audacity to question vaccines. Apparently there is a huge out break of this devastating disease which is making so many people sick. Even a 4 month old baby got the disease!!! Now the church has retracted its view and it is holding vaccine clinics in the church to urge members to get vaccinated. Good for them. Right?
So now we must get ready for the great herd immunity debate to take place. My facebook news feed is being inundated with accusations that the unvaxed children are putting the rest of the population at risk. Normally, I can take these things in stride, as this is a debate of opinion and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That is part of what it means to have freedom of speech in this country. Today, however, I do not feel so light-hearted and easy to accept the opinions of others. Why you might ask?
Because I can see the storm churning in the distance. I see the politics at play here. This isn’t about opinion anymore. This is about basic human rights. Measles is being likened to small pox as if my unvaxed child is going to cause the downfall of the world. This make me and him a menace to society. It seems people listen to these news shows and they swallow all the emotional brainwashing hook line and sinker. Reasonable people in most spheres of their lives are being convinced with the rhetoric of corporate greed.
I want to give fair warning here, because I am not sure I will be able to control myself if one of these people tried to speak to me in person about the importance of herd immunity. In my current state I think I might just slap the first person who makes it their duty to educate me. My child was mercury poisoned. My child, in fact my entire family, has worked tirelessly to bring my child back from the cocoon created bt his inability to clear heavy metals and other toxins from his system. Injecting toxins into my child means we will have to begin this process all over again and the past 6 years of hard work will be gone. With an assault of this type on his system he may very well not ever recover. Never be able to get a job, to have a family, to stand on his own two feet, or to take care of himself after I die. Vaccinating my child is the same as murdering his future. And I will let you in on a little secret:
To me, your child is not worth more than mine. I refuse to willingly sacrifice my child so that your child doesn’t have to spend a couple weeks in discomfort.
Lets look at the numbers:
Number of deaths from measles prior to the vaccine: Out of the 3-4 million people per year who got measles only about 450 people died (all people, not just children).
Number of deaths from proper use of Rx medications: 100,000 people die each year from properly prescribed medications.
Number os deaths from car accidents: about 35,000 people die each year in car accidents
Number of children who will be diagnosed with autism this year: With current rate of Autism in this country, approximately 45,000 children born EVERY YEAR will be diagnosed with Autism. Approximately 662,500 children will be diagnosed with a learning delay EVERY YEAR. These numbers do not take into account the rise in the rates of Autism each year, so these numbers are actually conservative.
Society has a lot of serious issue to worry about, but measles is not one if them.
I say true herd immunity is only gained by allowing our children to get childhood illnesses:
So you still expect t me to vaccinate my child to save yours? I say the vaccine doesn’t protect any child from the measles.
I say that if you vaccinate your child, you are putting the rest of society at risk for much worse diseases, and you are causing a strain on the economy because of the increased medical care your unhealthy child will require.
I am sure many people will be offended by my stance on the vaccine issue, and by the fact that I have the audacity to blame the parents of vaccinated children for destroying herd immunity, causing the spread of disease, and harming the US economy.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB!
- Opting-Out Of Vaccines; Dipping Below Herd Immunity (commonhealth.wbur.org)