What strange times we live in.
How else to explain the campaign currently being waged by the stupid, the ignorant and the irresponsible against one of the greatest achievements of medical science? One that has saved countless lives and which has changed parenthood completely?
It was only a hundred or so years ago when to be a parent was to face the fact that you almost certainly would have to go through the horror of watching one of your young children die of disease in front of you.
And watch helplessly.
Not any more. Now, thanks to modern medical science, what parents expect as normal is to watch all of their children grow up to adulthood. A death in childhood is now the exception, not the rule.
So much pain and suffering prevented.
And yet we actually have a sorry collection of irresponsible people who are putting children's lives at risk by not getting their own kids vaccinated and trying to persuade others to do likewise.
The result? Diseases some of us may never have heard of, like Scarlet Fever, are back. Measles is on the march again. False claims - and we now know they are false - about a link between the MMR vaccine and autism are still being spread.
The deaths of any children from these totally preventable diseases is on the heads of those who failed to get their own children vaccinated and those who urged them to do so.
In relation to the study published in The Lancet referred to below, it involved only 12 people and was conducted by a doctor who was already in the pay of lawyers representing an anti-vaccination group and who had already declared that he intended to find "proof" against the use of the MMR vaccine, and made sure he did.
May 6, 2009
Plus, a man whose daughter got sick because of anti-vaccine hysteria. (Via Aetiology.) Note this: “The sorry MMR saga began in 1998 with a tiny study (since partially retracted) in the Lancet.” Seems like there’s a lot of bad science in The Lancet. Some vaccine-related thoughts of mine here.