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12 June 2009

I fucking told you so!

Well, fucktardery is particularly rampant in this area, but today I saw a news story about whooping cough (pertussis) springing up in this area... The thing is, I blogged about this back in April in the local paper. No wonder I am so compelled to create the Facts, not Fantasy website to highlight this.

So far, no one has died, but I would like to quote Dr. Plait from one of his blogs about a baby that DID DIE. Will the anti-vax pro-disease fucktards not be satisifed until babies are dying all around them?

In America, people who claim vaccines cause autism are a major health threat. Some of these folks are just parents, people concerned about their kids, people desperately looking for a cause for a devastating illness. Others are vocal advocates of nonsense, saying things that are proven beyond reasonable doubt to be untrue.

The end result? Kids, including infants, are getting sick, and some of them are dying. Never, ever forget that, no matter how loudly these people yell, and no matter what garbage they spout (including, inevitably, in the comments that will follow this very post). Babies are dying.

In Australia, this movement is taking root as well. Calling the alarm to this, a TV program in Oz called "Sunday Night" aired an excellent exposé of what happens when parents don’t vaccinate their kids: they risk their children’s lives, and those of others. In the case shown on the TV show, a four-week-old baby, Dana McCaffery, died of whooping cough. This innocent infant wasn’t eligible for vaccination yet, but the lack of herd immunity — that region has lower-than-average vaccination rates — sealed her fate. The fact that other parents didn’t vaccinate their kids gave that little girl a death sentence.

Here’s the segment from that program. Warning (and I’m serious): if you are a parent, or any kind of feeling human being, this segment is seriously disturbing. I could barely watch it.


If you aren't tearing up after watching that, I seriously doubt your humanity. And to thing, this was totally preventable.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't even watch the whole segment. How awful. I don't understand why parents won't vaccinate. When my twins were newborns, our pediatrician wouldn't take us as patients unless we agreed to vaccination. Was never even a question for us. I said, of course, they'll be vaccinated.

Anonymous said...

Saw on your website that you were a FIJI in college. Funny story about the FIJIs and vaccines. When I was in college, the entire campus had to get a measles vaccine booster because several FIJIs contracted measles. They had never been vaccinated. At the time, I was thinking "What morons." But, reading your blog, I'm glad to know that some of you FIJIs get it when it comes to vaccines!! LOL.

Larian LeQuella said...

Thanks you two (whoever you are). I run http://factsnotfantasy.com in an effort to educate more people about this stuff.

What school were these FIJIs at? I have noticed that chapters can have totally different personalities between campuses. I can't imagine a FIJI at RPI not being vaccinated unless their parents were the morons. ;)