This afternoon I would like to send a special thank you out to Jenny McCarthy, Andrew Wakefield, Meryl Dorey, Age of Autism and anyone else who encourages parents not to vaccinate their children. It’s just so great what you guys are doing. You’re so warm and fuzzy with your adorable plea to “green our vaccine” and your desire to hold our hand while you, “help the children.” All of your worthless advice is based on your oh-so-cute and imagined mommy instinct, bad science, fear mongering, conspiracy theories or apparently just a plain old desire to f*%$ shit up for the rest of us and now all your tireless work is paying off. You have helped to create a whooping cough epidemic the likes of which we have not seen in 50 years! Way to go. Give yourselves a round of applause. No go ahead. We will wait.
Your tireless efforts spouting off about toxins and conspiracies have prevented 0 vaccine related cases of autism but so far you have helped to frighten innocent parents away from vaccinating their children which in turn has helped to spread nearly 1500 cases of whooping cough and so far 5 infants have died in California this year. Reported yesterday from the LA times blog. Emphasis mine:
California public health officials on Monday strongly urged elderly adults, children and pregnant women to get vaccinated against whooping cough, citing an epidemic in the state that is on track to be the worst in 50 years. Nearly 1,500 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported statewide this year, five times the number of cases last year, according to Dr. Gil Chavez, the stateâ€™s epidemiologist. Newborns under 6 months old are the most vulnerable, since even those vaccinated have yet to develop immunity, Chavez said. Five infants have died of whooping cough so far this year, all under 3 months old. Two of the deaths were in Los Angeles County.
The California Department of Public Health has been tracking whooping cough cases by county, patient age and ethnicity, Chavez said. They have seen more infections in counties such as Marin, where more parents have opted out of vaccinating children, he said. Latino infants are most likely to get whooping cough, more than twice as likely as white infants, while among adults, whites were more likely to get infected than other ethnicities, followed by Latinos, Chavez said.
California public health officials are now urging anyone in contact with children (including pregnant or soon to be pregnant women) to get the pertussis or whooping cough vaccination or booster asap. I’m sure that’s not enough to change Jenny M’s mind about vaccines. Now would be a perfect chance for her to use her media power to publicly renounce her earlier unscientific statements and actually do some good by encouraging vaccinations. Here would be a legitimate opportunity to actually prevent pain and suffering in children. But no, it seems she and her cohorts would rather watch more babies die before any of them change their opinion and admit that maybe, just maybe they were wrong.
Well, I’m going to sign up for my booster shot now. Thanks.
Is there anyone you would like to thank for screwing things up for the rest of us today?
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