People Need to Start Paying Attention

There really ought to be a special place in hell reserved for Dr. Wakefield and the clowns that continue to support him.  Anyone with an active neuron can see the evidence that his research was purposely faked in order to profit from it.  Unfortunately, the people that really suffer from this guys actions and the willfully ignorant parents that defend him are the kids.

I’m as skeptical as the next guy – if I were a parent and someone said “Just trust us, we’re doctors.  We know what’s best for your kids.” I would be a little bit suspicious and would want to educate myself as well.  But there is a difference between wanting to become educated and becoming a convert to the anti-vaccination cult.  Just a few days ago, I read this:

Fifty-two percent of Americans think vaccines don’t cause autism, according to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll. However, 18% are convinced that vaccines, like the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, can cause the disorder, and another 30% aren’t sure.

Seriously?  It’s scary that because of people like Wakefield lying about this stuff and people like Jenny McCarthy burying their heads in the sand blindly preaching the same false gospel, almost half of our country aren’t convinced that there is no link between autism and vaccinations.  It blows my mind that there are people watching Larry King that hear celebrities like her spout this crap and then decide to cancel their vaccination appointments, unknowingly putting their kids at risk to diseases that are entirely preventable.  Do we need to get rampaged by polio before these idiots will be willing to admit that they’re wrong and killing children in the process?

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