Persistent Loons: The Anti-Vaccine People

Vaccines are good.  Not getting vaccines?  Bad.

Very bad.

The scientific evidence is overwhelming.  There’s not a shred of evidence, not even a scintilla (The Curmudgeon assumes a scintilla is smaller than a shred), that vaccines cause any harm – unless by “harm” you mean an absence of disease that harms the financial performance of the greedy health care industry.

Yet there persists in this country a lunatic fringe that associates vaccinations with all sorts of bad things, most notably autism.

And the lack of evidence of such a link does nothing to deter them.

Nor does the undeniable proof that vaccines are good for all of us.  (Full disclosure:  The Curmudgeon got a shingles vaccine about a year ago.  While you’re not necessarily encouraged to get one until you’re sixty years old, which The Curmudgeon most decidedly is not (at least not until later this year), his brother and two cousins have come down with shingles in recent years, none of them were anywhere near sixty at the time, and that was, in The Curmudgeon’s view, reason enough to get to the doctor for his shot.)

The Curmudgeon has written about vaccines before, including here and here, and he suspects he will again because this nonsense – and the people behind it – is just too good to ignore.

A lot of people have called public attention to this problem, most notably Jimmy Kimmel (well worth the five-minute video), and the latest is John Oliver, the Jon Stewart protégé who now has his own show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, on one of those cable networks for which you have to pay (which is why it gets no free plug from this blogger).  Oliver took on the anti-vaccine nuts last Sunday and was both entertaining and informative, and The Curmudgeon encourages you to give it a watch.  Find it here.

 

 

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