I heard someone recently say that many parents don’t vaccinate their children, and those children are just fine. In the US today, that’s likely true. Herd immunity is the effect on the population when a large portion of the people are vaccinated. It means that there aren’t enough people to spread the disease. This is what protects those who can’t be vaccinated due to age or medical reasons, and now it’s protecting those who choose not to vaccinate.
The problem is that the herd immunity requires a large portion of the population to be vaccinated. As more people choose not to vaccinate, the herd immunity erodes and we see outbreaks of pertussis and measles, like we’ve seen lately. So, as the herd immunity erodes due to the erroneous ideology that vaccines are somehow harmful or someone’s “mommy instinct” knows better than decades of research, tens of thousands of studies, and the living proof of nearly eradicated diseases due to vaccines, and more people choose not to vaccinate, then more people will get sick, and more children will die.
Yes, children are dying, and the rates of those children dying will continue to increase as this anti-science movement takes our civilization further back towards the dark ages due to ignorant ideologies.
How long until we see polio again?
The majority of people who choose not to vaccinate do so out of ignorance. They don’t have the intent to misinform, though they do share their ignorance with others, as if it is knowledge. They’re misinformed by pseudoscientific parenting sites and people like Dr. Oz and Joseph Mercola and Jenny McCarthy. Those are the people who are to blame. Those are the people who should, without a doubt, be charged, at the very least, with thousands of counts of attempted murder. Those are the people who are responsible for so much pain, suffering, and death due to their quest to make money off of the ignorance others.
This is one of the few topics where I refuse to pull punches. I refuse to be nice about it. I refuse to stay silent while children die. I challenge every other rational person to do the same.
Contributor: Robert Sacerich
Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.
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