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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog.


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What's legal can change as people recognize deficiencies in public policy. And the tired canard of "science changes, so we can discount science" is disingenuous. Asimov's The Relativity of Wrong is a good illustration of this. The benefits of vaccination have been proven time and again since the practice's inception. And frankly, your equating vaccination to lobotomies is despicable.

For me, sure, people may have the right to choose not to be vaccinated. But they should face criminal penalties as severe as those for people who *CHOOSE* to drive while inebriated and get caught. Penalties such as being prohibited from holding jobs that involve contact with minors, for example. Being prohibited from working in any medical profession, for another. Requiring them to inform daycares or children's exrtacurricular groups of their unvaccinated status so that those organizations can *choose* to decline them service due to the danger they present to other children. And if they want to enjoy state-provided public schooling, but don't want to vaccinate their children? Too bad. They can *choose* to send them to a private school that accepts disease-carriers.

I can choose to smoke in a hospital, but I would rightfully be thrown out when someone catches me. Choosing not to vaccinate is a direct equivalent, and the irresponsible and selfish parents who think they deserve to ride easy on the herd immunity of those who do care about public health should face all the disapprobation we can heap on them.

Being in an interconnected society beings as many responsibilities as it does privileges. Too many people want to benefit from the privileges and shirk their social responsibilities. "Freedom" is a nice rallying call, but our freedoms should not extend to visiting harm or the threat of harm onto other people, and one of our most important responsibilities should be making certain that our actions do not threaten to harm others.

I am not an anti-vaxer. I am simply a mom that questions. To forcibly vaccinate anyone is wrong, wrong, wrong. There have been real incidents of harm done to children via vaccines. Yes, they do help, agreed. But they also have the potential to harm. Look at the rotavirus, DTP and other vaccines that have caused harm and then were withdrawn and reformulated. They are not without risk. Yes, risk can sometimes be overstated. But I am not giving my son a Hep B shot at infancy, he can get that later. No one in my family has Hep B, so he isn't at risk, and so we wait. To say that everyone getting the shot covers everyone, is false. We all know that some vaccines are more successful than others, even with 100% vaccination rate, there is a smaller percentage of people who actually show immune response.

Years ago, my doctor pressured me into giving my 1 yo chicken pox vaccine. She said he would never need it again when I asked her how long the vaccine would last for his immunity. I was worried. Worried that perhaps after 20 years his immunity to chicken pox would wane and he would be most at risk of getting chicken pox as an young adult with no health insurance. He would have no money to pay for a booster. Sure enough, less than a year later new recommendations came out that kids needed to get it twice. So she was wrong, I was right. I am attempting to let him get it naturally at this point, because he will have lifetime immunity then. We are very careful with being sure that we don't expose others who are at high risk with chicken pox exposure.

All this to say, it's not so clear cut as force everyone to get shots and the world is better off. For my child at this point, polio vaccine isn't needed as polio in the western hemisphere is non-existent. I know, some of you will say, but, but, there's always the chance. But at this point the risks of the vaccine are higher than the risks of my son being infected with polio in the US.

she was wrong, I was right.

Hmm no she wasn't wrong, she was basing her opinion on the facts of the time, you say so yourself 'later in the year new recommendations came out'.

I am not an anti-vaxer. I am simply a mom that questions.

Uh-huh. And the "just a mom" stance gives you both an air of ASS-umed moral superiority, because we all know that reproducing makes you a "better person"; and a pretense that you're not actually challenging the vast body of scientific knowledge with no evidence, just personal anecdotes, which are not the singular of "data."

As for "just asking questions" in your manner, there's a delightful term for that.

For my child at this point, polio vaccine isn't needed as polio in the western hemisphere is non-existent.

Because of vaccinations. The more children who go unvaccinated, the better the chance polio will come back. But, then again, as long as your little precious is OK, or seems OK, everyone else's can suck it, right? Typical.

But at this point the risks of the vaccine are higher than the risks of my son being infected with polio in the US.

Gee, could that be because in the past everyone VACCINATED against it?

"All this to say, it's not so clear cut as force everyone to get shots and the world is better off."

This looks pretty clear-cut to me.

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