Medical Know-Nothings 0
James Randerson in the Guardian. Read the whole thing:
So anyone who clings to the notion that MMR causes autism is just plain wrong. Worse, if you opt not to have your child vaccinated, you are reducing the “herd immunity” and putting other children at serious risk.
According to the Health Protection Agency there were 1,348 cases of measles last year, compared with 56 in 1998. In 2006 a 14-year-old boy died of measles – the first fatal case for 14 years. The reduction in herd immunity is causing unnecessary suffering.
The decision by many of my neighbours not to vaccinate their children is on a par with the drunk who decides to get into his car to drive home. It is a personally reckless action that also endangers the lives of everyone else on the road. Society should view the MMR refuseniks with the same degree of scorn.
I understand the psychology of the MMR refuseniks.
They want something or someone to blame and some way to act.
One of the harsh truths that separates grown-ups from children is this: Sometimes bad stuff happens and there is no one to blame and no way to prevent it. It just is.