6 Reasons Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t Just Dead Wrong, But Deadly
The pandemic is nearly over, thank God. It’s been a hard slog. First, it caught us off guard; we were on the back foot. Governments scrambled to control the spread of the virus and the movement of people. But now, we’re on the offensive. We can FIGHT back. We have a vaccine.
There’s only one problem.
Anti-vaxxers are already discrediting the vaccines. They’re spreading their toxic blend of fear and panic. And like a tumor of pseudo-scientific nonsense, it’s growing.
Let’s establish one fact: vaccines work. DO NOT believe anyone who says otherwise. I call BS. These so-called anti-vaxxers aren’t brave souls crusading against evil corporations. They aren’t mothers and fathers protecting their children. They’re wrong, and they’re dangerous.
DO NOT listen to them. Doing so risks not only your own life, but everyone else’s as well.
#1 It Started with A Lie
It started over two decades ago following a study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, in February 1998. Andrew Wakefield — a master bullshitter and little-known researcher — produced a nonsense study involving 12 children who had received the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. He reported eight of the children showed the early signs of autism.
Almost immediately, the paper became world-famous. Alarms bells rang. Parents began stopping their children from getting vaccinated. The problem was that it was a lie; a steaming pile of bullshit. What he didn’t report was the financial conflicts of interest. Andrew Wakefield had gotten greedy.
The study was never replicated. No link between autism and a vaccine has ever been found. Wakefield was later struck off the medical register. As a British court remarked, ‘[t]here is now no respectable body of opinion which supports [Dr. Wakefield’s] hypothesis that MMR vaccine and autism/enterocolitis are causally linked.’
But the cat was out of the bag. And you can’t argue with stupid.
As Aldous Huxley once said:
‘Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.’
Millions of people refused to vaccinate their kids across the world. In 2015, the United States saw the first death from measles in 12 years. The slump in vaccinations was to blame. Nature has no mercy for stupidity.
#2 Vaccines Protect Everyone
What does it matter what a fringe group of idiots say? Who cares?
Well, as we’ve seen, crazy, unfounded ideas have devastating results. People die. But things can get even worse.
You might say: if someone refuses to get vaccinated, why bother? If they get sick or ill, it’s only their own life. It’s no big deal. Walk into the middle of the road, and you’ll get hit by a car. That’s not science, that’s common sense.
Except these idiots aren’t only risking their own lives. They risk yours and mine. They risk everyone’s lives. They’re not walking out into the middle of the road. They’re driving a truck through a schoolyard.
By not getting vaccinated, anti-vaxxers put everyone at risk. This is because of ‘herd immunity’.
Herd immunity is when a significant proportion of the population is immune to a particular disease to a level where it can no longer spread. Imagine a crowd of one-hundred people as white dots moving on a table. When someone gets a virus, their dot turns red and stays red. Once you’ve had a virus, you typically don’t get it again, as your immune system remembers the time before and reacts quicker.
To begin with, everyone that person comes into contact with is a potential recipient. White dots quickly turn red. But after a certain point, so many dots have turned red, that the chance of an infectious dot coming into contact with a white dot is incredibly unlikely. Even if they do, the possibility of that white dot coming into contact with another white dot is even less. The infection cannot spread.
There are two ways to get immunity. You can have the virus — that’s the option no one wants — or you can have a vaccine. By refusing to vaccinate, it’s like anti-vaxxers are smearing disease across your face. It’s reckless. It’s selfish.
So, by refusing to vaccinate, anti-vaxxers put us all in jeopardy. They endanger not just themselves, but all of society.
That’s not just stupid, that’s dangerous!
#3 Disease Kills
Go back in time, two-hundred or three-hundred years. The past was grubby and violent. Disease was common. Children died before adulthood; seemingly healthy people were struck down by serious illness. Measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis. You name it; you could catch it. Death waited around every corner.
It sounds like hell. But that’s the world to which anti-vaxxers will drag us back.
Michael Specter, an American author, put it simply: ‘It doesn’t seem to matter how often vaccines are proved safe … when people don’t like facts, they ignore them.’
Such blind, crazy people have always been around. We’ve called them different names. But they still fester amongst us.
In Nigeria, people believe the polio vaccine causes AIDs. During the Ebola crisis, the deadly disease spread because of mistrust of medical personnel and vaccines. It got so bad that armed attackers tried to burn down an Ebola treatment center.
That’s cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Perhaps the craziest example of vaccine stupidity was with the very first vaccine. Edward Jenner — a British doctor — developed a vaccine to ward off smallpox — one of the deadliest diseases in human history. He had noticed that people who caught cowpox — for instance, milkmaids — were not known to catch smallpox. Cowpox is a benign disease, whereas smallpox is deadly. He began vaccinating people with cowpox, saving millions, if not billions, of lives.
But some people were concerned about the vaccine. They thought that by infecting people with cowpox, they might turn into cows. Yes, you read that right. Turn into cows. That’s the kind of people with which we’re dealing.
You can’t argue with stupid.
#4 It’s a Crazy Conspiracy Theory
Ok, so vaccines work and not taking them risks everyone’s lives. But at least the anti-vaxxers mean well. Their hearts are in the right place, right?
Errm… not exactly.
Anti-vaxxers aren’t armed with facts. And they don’t care about the truth. They’ve made up their minds, and that’s that. There is no arguing. Mark Twain, author and seasoned debater, remarked, ‘Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.’ Surprisingly he had never met an anti-vaxxer.
Spend two minutes in their company, and you’ll hear insane conspiracy theories, by a person who imagines they’re part of some resistance. But this isn’t Star Wars: it’s real life.
Larry Cook, an anti-vaxxer with 50,000 subscribers on YouTube, posted, ‘Make no mistake. The purpose of the coronavirus is to help usher in vaccine mandates. Be woke. Know the Plan. Prepare. Resist.’
Meanwhile, US researcher Dr Judy Mikovits argues that the coronavirus outbreak is a conspiracy. The evil people pulling strings? Big pharma, Bill Gates and the World Health Organization.
Theresa Tam put it bluntly, ‘misinformation or distrust of vaccines can be like a contagion that can spread as fast as measles’.
These people claim to care about saving lives. In truth, they don’t care how many they kill in their crazy crusade. They don’t give a fuck!
It’s easy to dismiss such people as fringe lunatics. But the movement is growing. Groups like the Freedom Angels Foundation have lobbied in California to scrap mandated vaccinations. Under the guise of personal freedom and government suspicion, they spread lies and deceit. They prey upon people’s understandable concerns, turning them into blind ignorance.
If they succeed, say goodbye to a disease-free society: next stop, Hell on Earth.
#5 Natural Immunity Isn’t Enough
If you’re going to criticize, come armed with an alternative. For anti-vaxxers, this is the bizarre myth of natural immunity.
In response to governments promoting social distancing, two physicians warned that inadequate exposure to germs leads to a weaker immune system. So far, so good. That was until anti-vaxxers seized on the message, claiming any protection hampers our immune system.
‘Things that suppress our immune systems: Masks, gloves, no sun, fear, vaccines, washing hands with synthetic soap’, read one widely shared meme.
In place of advanced modern medicine, anti-vaxxers propose the type of cure you’d expect in medieval times: bone broth and raw milk. And that’s being unkind to medieval doctors. This is the 21st century! We can do better.
These people hate modern advancements. They want to plunge us back into the dark age, shunning anything man-made and embracing the natural. It’s the same message in shampoo commercials when they praise natural ingredients. Nature means disease; it means sickness and death. Natural means fighting the real disease — progress is the vaccine.
#6 Coronavirus Must Be Tackled
Last year was a struggle. Lockdowns and social distancing strained our economies and our lives. We’ve finally got a shard of hope and the anti-vaxxers want to crush it underfoot. Hope is under attack. Researchers are already concerned that decreasing the number who get vaccinated makes reaching herd immunity even harder.
That means MORE DEATH, MORE DISARRAY, and LESS NORMALITY.
With more anti-vaxxer groups online than pro-vaccination groups, it is not hard to see how the situation could spiral out of control. That would be insanity. We need to get a grip. We can’t let people fill our heads with conspiracies about implanting computer chips in children — yes, that’s a real claim.
We’re all familiar with the four horsemen of the apocalypse: pestilence, war, famine and death. Perhaps it’s time we admit there’s another: ignorance. And it endangers us all.
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