Friday, June 7, 2013

Vaccination objectors - a disgrace to society

I see that parents who wish to opt out of immunising their precious snowflakes will now be termed "vaccine refusers" under proposed legislation, in a name-and-shame attempt to make the current "conscientious objection" tag a little less morally honourable.

Personally, I think they should take the opportunity to go a little further, perhaps to something like "brainwashed moron" or "selfish psychopathic cretin", or perhaps "simpering helicopter parent fuckwit".  Any of those would do me.

Why anyone would not want to immunise their children against a known, preventable disease absolutely confounds me.  Some of the most twisted pseudoscientific babbling "logic" I have ever seen is used by anti-proponents, here's some examples:

Pharmaceutical Companies Can’t Be Trusted
Why, because they're in business to make a profit?  Anyone making this point has just demonstrated they have zero idea how hard it is to get a drug approved for sale, how extensive and rigorous the testing is etc.

ALL Vaccines are Loaded with Chemicals and other Poisons
Chemicals not automatically poisons.  The human body itself is a collection of chemicals.  Do these people grow their own wheat and grind their own flour to avoid preservatives?

Fully Vaccinated Children are the Unhealthiest, Most Chronically Ill Children I Know
And there's no chance at all that other issues like junk food, pollution, radiation etc might be the cause?  Or that the reason that issues like autism might appear to rise in prevalence is that enough children are now no longer dropping dead of preventable disease to allow them to present?  As for ADHD...

Other Countries Are Waking Up to the Dangers of Vaccines
No, they aren't.  They are, in fact, reaping the benefits.  Would you like to go back to polio outbreaks?


A Number of Vaccines Have Already Had Problems/Been Removed from the Market
So that's a reason to not take advantage of the vast majority that have no problems?  The Chevy Corvair got withdrawn from market due to a design issue, I take it you're wearing your handwoven flax skirt while you walk up to the market to buy your organic vegies for dinner are you?  Or are you driving?

You Can Always Get Vaccinated, But You Can Never Undo a Vaccination
Yes, just like you can't undo dying from a totally preventable disease.

What makes me seethe about these sorts of people is that they think they get to opt out of a societal norm, but then still expect to be able to interact with the rest of society.  Guess what, the rest of us aren't interested in having your whooping couch incubator germbag around, thanks very much.  Or paying the hospital bills for having your snowflakes cervical cancer issues treated, despite significant evidence that immunisation against it works.  Or seeing news articles about infant dying in 24 hours due to pneumococcal disease, despite a 97% improvement due to immunisation.

I couldn't support the position of AMA president more - unvaccinated children should be able to be denied access to school, daycare and other social interaction groups.  If you want to wear Birkenstocks and not have your precious bundle of joy exposed to the nasty chemicals that the rest of society has decided are hugely beneficial, then fine - but you just surrendered the right to have them attend school, because everyone else isn't interested in having your marginalist radical beliefs imposed on them.

Of course, the government had to go and fuck this up as usual by allowing "religious beliefs exemption" from this otherwise good idea, thus allowing the loonies to use it as a loophole.  The useless hippie bitch who founded the misleadingly labelled AVN is now trying to create an artificial religion which is opposed to vaccination just to exploit this point.

At current count, the legitimate religions (as far as arguing over who's got the best imaginary friend can legitimise anything) that oppose vaccination are:

- Muslims and Jews who object on the grounds of animal derivation - and even then they make exemptions if there's no alternative!  (This may be the first time in known history either group has compromised on anything.)
- A few ultra-conservative Christian groups, whose objection actually stems from the concept that immunisation against things HPV and cervical cancer might encourage their children to fornicate.  (Presumably these people think herpes is just great.)

And... that's it.  Even the fucking Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses of all people on earth don't object to vaccination, and these are the groups that will quite happily stand by while they or their family members die for lack of a simple blood transfusion.  If there was ever a bunch of looney nutbags that could be counted on to object to something, they'd be it.

So who are we left with?  The cretins running AVN, and a few middle-class suburbanite conservatives who drive their little germbag to childcare in a new BMW while protesting that it's their right to expose everyone else to preventable disease because they can't differentiate between an organic turnip and a child.

For the common good, the sooner these people are told to fuck right off the better.

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