Victims of our own success

“Comfort has bred complacency, and in the complete absence of any childhood horror and suffering, vaccines clearly seem to some to be the equivalent of choosing between organic and non-organic vegetables.”

Why Evolution Is True

by Grania

Not long after Jim Carrey’s misbegotten rant about vaccines came the tragic news from Washington State that a woman had died from measles. USA Today reports that she had been on medication that supressed her immune system and she died of pneumonia – a common complication of measles. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston had this to say:

[her] death was a preventable, but predictable, consequence of falling vaccination rates

One of the most effective benefits of nation-wide vaccination is the herd immunity effect, where the general population’s resistance to a disease effectively eliminates it and in so-doing protects those individuals who for genuine medical reasons either were unable to get the vaccination or for other reasons live with compromised immune systems. Once vaccinations become a choice made by the uninformed, the herd immunity itself becomes…

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