So, I guess it’s that time of year. Cold and flu season. The glorious time of year where all parents spend about 4 long months either nursing one of their children back to health or trying not to succumb to the horrible congestion and delirious state of exhaustion that comes with the territory.
It’s also that time of year where we start seeing all the articles about measles outbreaks and the various articles pleading the science of vaccines and urging people to change their minds.
It’s also the time of year where all anti-vaxxers ignore the pleas and continue to make a panic-induced choice based on the blog of someone who may have had a legitimate issue with a vaccine. The time of year where they allow their children to be exposed to a horrible preventable illness that also puts others at risk. And by others, I mean people who have already had a shitty deal of it. People with compromised immune systems, or perhaps an infant who hasn’t had a chance to build an immune system. Perhaps the infant of a parent who fully intends to vaccinate their child but must wait until they are old enough.
I wonder how you would feel, Anti-Vaxxer, if you found out you had given a friend’s infant the measles? I wonder how you would feel if that infant suffered from complications or died?
I know how I would feel. I would feel angry. I would feel frustrated. I would feel sad.
If natural immunity is so awesome, why aren’t you guys locking yourselves up in a house together for a few weeks and opening a jar of live measles virus in a room and having one of those ridiculous parties people have with chicken pox these days? ( There is also a vaccine available for that, by the way)
If you are so unafraid of the measles, why don’t you? Why don’t you go make out with someone infected with measles and just get it over with? Just fucking have at it already.
The truth is, you don’t want to get measles either. It makes you horribly ill and there are risks of some very serious complications to go with it. So you are relying on the rest of us and our immunity to prevent the spread.
I think that all of us who try to reason with science and proof and statistics are wasting our disease-free breath. I think the main thing driving the anti-vaccine movement is fear. I don’t think it is an issue that measurable science can fix, because we are talking about irrational fear.
I think the anti-vaccine movement is phobia rooted in misinterpretation of facts and pseudo-science. I think it actually deserves it’s own phobia name like arachnophobia (the fear of spiders.) It is irrational and incredible to those of use who don’t allow misinformation to terrify us, but to the “sufferer” it is extremely real.
So, I won’t be linking to any scientific articles. But I will create my own hypothesis: There is a real epidemic sweeping the Western world, and it’s called Vaccineaphobia. It’s rooted in propaganda and fear and isn’t worth trying to attack it with logic.
Perhaps some cognitive behavioral therapy? How are phobias cured? Don’t say by a vaccine.
Happy Wednesday, Bitches.