Saturday, December 13, 2008

Just get the damn vaccine!

I've had to deal recently with a number of vaccine skeptics.

I don't have much patience for this.

To me, they're just like global warming skeptics. Misinformed, ignorant and likely to believe that 9/11 was a government plot.

There is no (none, nada, zilch) scientific evidence that links vaccines to autism.

There are many (as in a lot) scientific studies which show that there is no causal relationship between vaccines and autism.

There is also the sad case of the healthy 22 year old unvaccinated Arizona student who traveled to Costa Rica on a study abroad program and was airlifted home with polio.

Polio. As in residual leg weakness. Which doesn't go away. As in leg braces, crutches and wheelchairs.


(This rant was brought to you courtesy of NPR's recent story about Amanda Peet, who, unlike many other celebrities, is championing the cause of vaccines.)

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