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add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998.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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    chelleliberty (profile), 19 Mar 2014 @ 5:00pm

    Re: um

    Okay, so please tell me, what is the threshold? What types of evidence are necessary to justify turning freedom on its head and using newspeak to turn the freedom NOT to do something into opression?

    What of the fact that there's good evidence for the opposite conclusions, that, in fact, that the very vaccines that are given are what have the environmental pressures that will cause such mutations? Or the fact that such mutations haven't ever resulted in widespread pandemics that killed lots of people, as oppposed to the vaccines themselves?

    Who are we going to entrust this decision, on what is clearly a very dangerous power(the power to decide that the freedom to not do something is actually somehow opressing other people) to? The same governments that decided that they could re-word laws in order to allow them to collect data on pretty much everyone in the US in secret, without any sort of real review of it until someone put classified documents showing how bad it was in the public eye?

    And what sort of pressures shall we use to make sure that only the most dangerous things are protected against, and that the evidence showing the thing in question is actually to blame?

    As your response that basically says we should have a government with this kind of power has been deemed insightful, I'll refrain from further comments. Again, I personally am vaccinated, and if I had kids, I'd probably take the risk for them too.

    I have basically just tried to show in various comments now that: (a) the study of the question (the likelihood of the choice of people not to vaccinate actually causes mutations) is far from conclusive and there's good evidence not only against the thesis, but even supporting its opposite, and that (b) even should such a mutation occur, there is no good evidence that it would be severe enough to warrant the types of penalties suggested by OP Timothy, or those of you in support of such draconian measures.

    So, given that people here think that "Not doing anything has it's oppressions" and that the government should have the power to force people to do things not only against their better judgment but on very dubious scientific grounds is 'insightful', I have nothing further I can add. If you care to learn, there is lots of info a google away. Make your decisions based on that, not on groupthink and newspeak put forth by those who believe the government should have this kind of power over our lives and choices.

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