Friday, March 10, 2017

Vaccine Attitudes of Trump Administration Will Harm Children

Ignorance Has Consequences - And They Are Not Good

From the WaPo

Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas
Yeah, we know it says Health and Science, but there is no science and the health effects will be terrible.  This incredibly stupid idea will have grownups doing irreperable harm to children, all in the name of ideology.  Have these people no shame?  No decency?

Some mothers in the group had stopped immunizing their young children because of doubts about vaccine safety. Heads nodded as the woman giving the statehouse update warned that vaccine advocates wanted to “chip away” at parents’ right to choose. But she also had encouraging news.
“We have 30 champions in that statehouse,” boasted Jackie Schlegel, executive director of Texans for Vaccine Choice. “Last session, we had two.”
Now they also have one in the White House.
At a panel on vaccines last fall in Austin, Jackie Schlegel, second from left, executive director of Texans for Vaccine Choice; state Reps. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) and Jason Villalba (R-Dallas); and Anna Dragsbaek, president and chief executive of the Immunization Partnership were among the speakers. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera/For the Texas Tribune)

Evil Comes in Many Guises

Public health experts warn that this growing movement is threatening one of the most successful medical innovations of modern times. Globally, vaccines prevent the deaths of about 2.5 million children every year, but deadly diseases such as measles and whooping cough still circulate in populations where enough people are unvaccinated.

Now if it were only these dumb ass mothers and fathers who suffered we wouldn't care. In fact a case could bed mde that they deserved it. But to inflict their ignorance onto their children and other people's children who will suffer and  die, well that is inhumane. It is also the face of moden conservatism.

They call it Personal Choice.  We call it murdering  children.  Harsh?  Yes.  But so is preventable death.

Texas health data shows a steady uptick in diseases such as pertussis and mumps in recent years. A recent mumps outbreak in Johnson County, southwest of Dallas, sickened at least 167 people, mostly students. In 2013, Texas experienced the largest outbreak of whooping cough, or pertussis, since 1959: nearly 4,000 cases. Five newborns who were too young to be vaccinated died.  

(emphasis added)

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