Wednesday, February 04, 2015

No Excuse for Stupidity When It Comes to Public Health

It's time to take some drastic measures against measles since it is far more contagious than Ebola and to nip this thing in the bud. Vaccines should be absolutely mandatory for kids save for health or age reasons.

Parents are simply being negligent since the risks in getting the vaccine are vastly lower than the risks for having measles.

Normally I wouldn't go so far as to take kids away from their parents if they don't vaccinate their kids, but you know, there is NO excuse for not doing it other than the reasons I stated previously.

It's needed for public safety, not about some "rights" of parents to believe some crackpot ideas about vaccines.

Clue to the clueless ones: It isn't about you or or your desire to neglect your kids. Think about other people for change:

If anyone needed more evidence that opposing vaccination is an antiquated, bad idea, look no further than the fact that several US Republicans – the ultimate talent scouts for antiquated, bad ideas – have recently come down on the anti-vaxxer side. Just this week, Kentucky senator (and disingenuous, prattling fool) Rand Paul said, vaguely, that he’d heard of “many tragic cases” of kids developing “profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated. New Jersey governor Chris Christie argued that “parents need to have some measure of choice” because “not every vaccine is created equal”. Neither politician offered any specifics about which “tragic cases” and which disproportionately dangerous vaccines they were referring to, but if citations mattered, we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place. (Great to hear you conservatives are all about bodily autonomy now, though. I assume you’re going to apply that to women’s bodies, too? … Hello? Guys?)

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