The Measles Returns: The Anti Vaxxer Outbreak
“Flu Shots cause autism” was spray-painted on the car of someone I used to work with. Luckily he was an unbathed and unkempt deadbeat; his car would get lost forever if he parked it in a junk yard. His reach was limited. Few of us would bother listening to him or care what he has to say. The problem is that he’s not the only one spouting this nonsense.
An outbreak of well-to-do socialites, celebrities, pundits, and politicians have begun publicly spouting the same poorly researched garbage. Sean Hannity, Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Charlie Sheen, Bill Maher, Billy Corgan, Mayim Bialik, Alicia Silverstone, Rand Paul, Chris Christie: all of these people, all of whom have a vast number of followers, have contributed to this problem. When they speak, write, or appear- people listen! They all drive cars that would stand out in a junk yard. But NO they are not scientists or doctors, and they have no special insights when it comes to this subject.
According to NOVA’s website “The assertion that vaccines could be linked to autism burst onto the international stage with the 1998 publication of a paper in the British journal The Lancet. Sensationalist media coverage of the claim followed. The paper, which suggested a link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, was eventually retracted in 2010.” The article also points out that most of this was retracted even before this in 2004.
The bottom line is that the vaccination is one of the greatest inventions in all of human history. Flu-shots save lives. MMR (Measles, mumps & rubella) shots save lives.
Welcome back measles and other preventable diseases. The first stop: wherever children of anti vaxxers congregate.