Thanks Anti-Vax Loons: The Return Of The Measles And The Backlash Against Jenny McCarthy

from the endangering-us-all dept

For all you people out there still going on about how horrible vaccines are for children, still ultimately relying on a thoroughly debunked fraud of a research paper put forth by a quack paid for his quackery by a law firm planning on suing vaccine-makers, thanks a lot. Measles is back. And it's your fault. What was once limited to some worrying reports in rural areas, often times due to either conspiracy theorists or those practicing an unfortunate brand of theology, measles is now back in populated areas like New York City. Oh, and whooping cough. And mumps.

Measles is spreading in upper Manhattan and the Bronx, according to public health authorities in New York. About 16 cases have turned up, including two that involved contagion in doctors' offices. Outbreaks have also been reported in the Boston area, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Much of the current outbreak is traceable to the Philippines, where the disease is raging and easily spread to unvaccinated travelers. They come home to the U.S., where the virus is finding a surprising welcome. Health experts add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998.
Measles, should you not be aware, was at such low levels as to be officially considered obliterated. It was essentially gone, removed from our daily list of dangers thanks to the power of vaccines. Thanks to the unvaccinated in America, however, when foreign pathogens are brought here, they are allowed to find hosts in which they can mutate such that the vaccinations everyone was supposed to have are no longer as effective, or effective at all. Driving the point home, children too young to be vaccinated often find themselves the victims of the spread of these mutated diseases, resulting in sick children... and dead infants.

And, lest anyone attempt to argue that the vaccinations themselves are more harmful than the diseases they control, or for those that argue that our natural immune system is better suited to fighting off these pathogens:
During a similar outbreak last year, the national Centers for Disease Control concluded that 82% of the cases occurred in unvaccinated persons, and of those, 79% said they deliberately shunned vaccination on "philosophical" grounds.
And, from there, the disease mutates and spreads, mutates and spreads, rinse and repeat until we reach the point where we now have outbreaks in major cities. Fortunately, many folks are looking at this as a teaching moment for the portion of the American public that is endangering the rest of us. Chiefly in the cross-hairs has been Jenny McCarthy, who has been the spokesman for the stupid when it comes to the anti-vaccination crowd for a long, long time. Recently, she asked her Twitter followers "What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate?" The responses were less than kind.
They vaccinate their kids RT @JennyMcCarthy: What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks

-- Jen (@oneninjen) March 14, 2014

Someone who vaccinates, b/c I'd want our kids to survive. @JennyMcCarthy: Most important trait you look for in mate? Reply w/ #JennyAsks

-- Seth Mnookin (@sethmnookin) March 15, 2014

While I do love getting diseases that were eradicated in the last century, I would say vaccinated is a trait I look for #JennyAsks

-- Jennifer Lott (@JennLott) March 14, 2014
Now, it's worth noting that McCarthy has been relatively quiet on the anti-vax topic the past couple of years, as these long-dead diseases have reemerged. Were I her, I wouldn't want to be spouting off as children get sick either. Maybe she's learned how wrong she was. If she has, she may want to inform her co-celebrities Katie Couric and Kristen Cavallari and Jay Cutler, because they apparently haven't gotten the memo yet.

Look, to be clear, if you don't want to vaccinate your children, you have that free right, but only because I haven't attained enough power in this country yet to have you summarily arrested and to take your children away from you so that they can live with someone with whom they'll be more safe, like, say, a family of rabid wolverines. Vaccinate your damned children. It isn't about you or your kids, it's about all of us.

Filed Under: anti-vaccination, health, jenny mccarthy, measles, public health, vaccinations

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    The Old Man in The Sea, 20 Mar 2014 @ 6:26pm

    Re: Vaccine effectiveness

    Pure bullshit. First, it's not that unvaccinated people will cause pandemics, it's that unvaccinated people make it more likely that our attempts to get rid of or reduce the infection rate of the disease will fail. That's a fact not in question at all.

    Johnny, Johnny, Johnny. Your statement is not a fact, and as an intelligent man you know that. I have found that you are generally insightful, but this unfortunately, is not one of those times. You are making a correlation that has not been confirmed. It may be your considered opinion, and you are fully entitled to that, but to claim it is a fact (100% pure quill) is a bit of a stretch..

    If a population is already vaccinated, then only those who are not vaccinated should have the possibility of being infected? No? If someone is willing to take the risk of being infected because they consider that the least problematic, and you are protected because you have been vaccinated, what is that to you?

    However, an alternative viewpoint is that the treatment (though eliminating the majority of the disease) may leave slightly mutated varieties alone, which can sit in the treated population before an additional effects bring about a variety that is infectious and untreatable. So, in this viewpoint, whether or not you are vaccinated can become irrelevant for the spread of the disease.

    Oh by the way, the chickenpox vaccine appears to be pretty worthless now that it's being used in the population. But that doesn't mean that all vaccines are worthless.

    I am not saying that all vaccines are worthless, I'll reiterate, no vaccine is 100% effective, they all have side effects. Some are very minor, some quite major. Some vaccines have limited effectiveness. it is up to the individual as to whether or not they will avail themselves of the vaccines being presented.

    I find that many here have a problem with the "nanny state" mentality in many areas, but when applied to vaccinations, they want the "nanny state".

    Just for information, I am vaccinated for a number of diseases, as are my children and their children as well. However, from my perspective, if someone wants to refuse vaccinations that is their choice. If they get the disease that is a consequence of their choice, if they don't that is still a consequence of their choice. The population that has been vaccinated is already in the preventative mode.

    If by any chance the disease takes hold in the already vaccinated population, I am not about to blame those people who have chosen not to be vaccinated for this. To me it will be a result of a mutation in the disease that circumvents the protections put in place.

    "Sickness is a part of being human and we will never reduce the incidence of any disease to 0, no matter what is done."

    Absolutely not true. It's really hard to totally eliminate a particular disease, but we've done so for a few of them.

    Your "Absolutely not true" is "Absolutely not true". Though they have declared specific diseases eliminated, there is no guarantee that said disease is eliminated. On the whole, the evidence may suggest that this is the case, but without a comprehensive investigation of every area of the planet, one cannot with 100% surety say such a thing.

    Actually, there is one way to reduce the incidence of any disease to 0, kill everyone. No people, then there will be no disease in the population.

    Lastly, what seems to be forgotten, is that vaccinations are an attempt to get the human body to create an internal defence mechanism without the actual effect of dealing with a live antagonist. It is a preventative measure that may or may not work, as we have some who have already attested to this, the vaccination regime failed for them. So while it is intended to be safe, and for the vast majority it may be, there is still some risk involved. Some people consider that risk to be too high.

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