The argument regarding vaccinations and their link to autism continues to wage on and – quite frankly – I’m not sure there is ANYTHING that can be done to nullify it.
The idea that vaccinations poison our youth, potentially causing autism in extreme cases, is linked to a single study performed decades ago by a doctor that studied twelve children. And even though numerous, legitimate studies have proven otherwise in the wake of such misinformed allegations, a significant portion of the population still refuses to listen.
This is problematic on so many levels, I would have to write a novel to address them all. Never mind the fact that there are literally thousands of people without autism that have vaccinations and are perfectly-functioning members of society. Never mind the fact that autism and sister-cognizant disorders like ADHD, anxiety, and other behavioral detriments have been largely linked to a spike in technology and television.
People STILL want to cling to the vaccination debate as if doctors and Big Pharma actually have some weird vested interested in making society dysfunctional. (Newsflash: vaccinations are so cheap and have such a low profit margin, there is literally no reason the medical community would continue to “poison” your family. They don’t get kickbacks nor do they financially benefit from giving your kid autism, but that’s for another article).
What really grinds my gears regarding parents that don’t vaccinate is the sheer audacity and privilege it infers and subjugates the rest of us too.
Here’s the truth: people aren’t actually “anti-vaccination”; they are anti “getting their own kids vaccinated.” They are actually counting on everyone else to vaccinate their kids because then they don’t have to worry about their own kids being exposed to measles or polio or any other of the potentially-deadly diseases vaccines presents.
If everyone else gets their kids vaccinated that means A) their own kids will very unlikely be exposed to any harmful illness and B) they no longer have to worry about autism. It’s a win-win for anti-vaxxers. It’s also incredibly selfish.
The great dichotomy in this whole debate surrounding vaccinations has never been whether vaccinations actually work or not. I have literally never heard someone who is “anti-vaccines” ever say that they are ineffective; they just infer that they have toxic side-effects. And that’s a HUGE distinction to make.
It’s also an incredibly selfish standpoint to take because it’s betting on the fact that everyone else is going to vaccinate their kids. It’s essentially insinuating that they know vaccinations work, but they don’t want to risk their OWN kids being subjected to potentially harmful chemicals, so they just want EVERYONE ELSE’S kids to take one for the team.
Because – let’s face it – if collectively the entire world and medical community decided to just stop giving these shots, anti-vaxxers would have their kids living in a bubble, secluded from society, til probably the end of time.
Why? Because even anti-vaxxers know that polio is a much worse sentence than autism. And that’s why not vaccinating your kid makes you an entitled asshat on multiple levels. If you can’t play along with basic, societal constructs, maybe adopt a puppy instead of having kids.