March 21, 2008

Biological Terrorists Have Your Kids In Their Sights

OK, the people don't actually fit my definition of terrorist, but the diseases don't care if the kill you. The consequences of undervaccination are measurable and dangerous. You only have to look at past outbreaks that plagued countries after popular anti-vaccine movements swept through the public.

The United States will soon be set up for a similar outbreak, and the ones who suffer the most will be children. Many of those children will have been vaccinated, but since a vaccine is only 95% (or so) effective, their saving grace would have been to live a community that is free of certain dangerous diseases. Instead, some of these children will be surrounded by people who are nutty enough to have parties where they spread diseases from child to child willingly. As if the disease is some sort of family friend.

It's as though these folks are bio-terrorist sympathizers, more willing to let the disease have its way than to participate in safeguarding the community. Diseases do not have inelligence, or intention. They exist to spread and infect. Illness is the direct side effect of them turning your body into a disease-producing factory. The deaths they cause are merely collateral damage. Vaccine exempters are aware of that, are even witness to the spread of actual disease among the population, but do not want to participate in protection.

Ms. Carlson said she understood what was at stake. "I cannot deny that my child can put someone else at risk," she said.

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"If you have clusters of exemptions, you increase the risk of exposing everyone in the community," said Dr. Omer, who has extensively studied disease outbreaks and vaccines.

Well, at least they know the cost of their decision. It's too bad your children are the ones paying that cost.

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Posted by James at March 21, 2008 8:44 AM
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I wonder if there would be "personal" exemptions if there weren't exemptions for religious reasons. "But religion is completely harmless!" Grrr.

Posted by: Maggie at March 21, 2008 9:18 AM

Oh, when I read that in the Boston Globe today, my head popped right off. Take your new-agey "I don't belive in Science but I'll believe in conspiracy theories" and shove 'em! You don't get to endanger the majority, sister; you've got it precisely backwards.

It's people like these who put everyone else's health in danger.

I thought for sure they wouldn't be allowed to enter their precious children into public school unless they had been vaccinated.

How about if I say to this pinhead "I refuse to put myself at risk by allowing your unvaccinated germ factory to mix with the greater population, which includes me."

Put that in your hemp pipe and smoke it.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 21, 2008 1:35 PM

California...uber alles

California UUUUUBer alles!

Why am I not surprised they're living in SOCAL?

Posted by: Bull at March 21, 2008 2:51 PM

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