One thing that I feel should be emphasised over and over again is the necessity of vaccinations. As a strong advocate of the Public Health and Public Good, I reject the Anti-vaccine nonsense out there.
Before the MMR was available, my mother was pregnant with my youngest sister and had the “German Measles” (Rubella}. My sister was born with defects caused by Rubella – inner ears did not develop and learning disabilities. She is still suffering to this day and was forced to live with my parents and the rest of the family because of her disabilities.
My daughter had chickenpox before the vaccine became available and, although no permanent disabilities, was totally miserable throughout the course of the virus. I cannot understand why anyone would put their child through that misery just to prove a point on their beliefs.
As a retired U.S. Navy Corpsman, former police officer and Director/Executive Director of a variety of Nonprofit organizations, I’ve seen various diseases and what they can do to people. It’s not nice. I’ve also seen the various “Generational” groupings over the past decades – the Hippies, the “Me” Generations and so on. I’ve seen the blurring of a lot of “Lines” and while most are good for society, some are very harmful.
Today’s Anti-vaccine Crusades are bad for individuals and the society as a whole. In underdeveloped countries they wait in long lines to be vaccinated because they still see what are being called Medieval diseases ravaging among their neighbors, friends and family on an almost daily occurrence. Here, some people are basically scamming the gullible who feel that their “rights” are being infringed on due to governmental policies requiring vaccines. They seem to have forgotten that Public Health laws are for the good of the society as a WHOLE and not for the individual. Maybe this year will wake up a few people.
As for the people who are making money off of these gullible individuals, well they should lose their ill-gotten gains because they ARE stealing by peddling falsehoods and quake medicines. They should also do jail time for theft and pay for anyone hurt by their deceit. Every claim made by Anti-vaccine advocates have been debunked and shown to be wrong – and yet they keep believing them. Makes you wonder how bad mental health services have become here.
Here’s some literature for you to look at to make informed decisions: