What the hell is wrong with my fellow white people? I’ve heard the phrase “youth is wasted on the young,” but y’all be proving that education is wasted on the educated. Read this report about the Disneyland measles outbreak, and tell me if this is both shocking and, yet, totally predictable:
A recent study from Kaiser Permanente found undervaccinated children in Northern California tended to live the same area which can magnify outbreaks. Peditrician Tracy Lieu headed the study which found a greater likelihood of undervaccinated children in neighborhoods where more parents had higher education.
And what’s the result of all this willful ignorance? A nearly 1300% increase in measles cases in just two years!
The Centers for Disease Control reports that there were 644 cases of measles in 2014, up from around 50 in 2012.
If you are an anti-vaxxer, let me not mince words: you prefer pretending you have a little cabal of knowledge to actually seeking out true knowledge. You prefer “THE TRUTH!” to the truth. In your ignorant smugness, you not only piss on science, but on the great humanitarians: the Pasteurs, the Schweitzers, the Salks, who spent their lives dedicated to eradicating needless deaths. And now Jenny McCarthy’s stupidity has caused you to make things like this happen. Shame on you.
I have a confession–I am one of the few people out there who did NOT get some of my baby shots. It wasn’t all of them, and it was because I have an allergy to eggs, and some shots are grown on an egg culture. I am one of the minority of people (along with the elderly, the babies, those with leukemia, HIV, etc) who cannot get some of the shots, or are in the tiny minority whose bodies can’t produce the correct antibodies from the shots. When I was a kid, it was no big deal, but now that there are thousands of folks out there whose parents have voluntarily abused them by not giving them the shots that they CAN take, I now can’t rely on your herd immunity. Any time I’m near wealthy white kids, I could contract a disease that should have died with WWI. Thanks for taking away my access to Disneyland.