Thanks anti-vaxxers for putting babies in the hospital

It’s time to brutally honest and spread the word. Mumps, pertussis and measles outbreaks are making kids sick. Very sick. This is almost entirely preventable. Get your children vaccinated or YOU are contributing to their suffering, even death.

Mumps outbreak has sickened 153, including 9-month-old baby

The number of Ohioans sickened in a mumps outbreak that began at Ohio State University climbed to 153 yesterday and includes a 9-month-old.

Interim university President Joseph A. Alutto appointed a mumps advisory executive team last week to review university policies, OSU spokeswoman Liz Cook said.

The group will “take a very careful and closer look at the outbreak and really try to determine next steps to really protect the university campus and the greater community,” she said.

One of two people who became temporarily deaf as a result of the mumps has recovered, said Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez. There are now six cases of orchitis (swollen testicles) associated with the outbreak, he said. The condition can lead to sterility, though that is rare.

Rodriguez said news that a baby was sickened was particularly troubling.

A mother speaks out as she must endure weeks of agony as her infant child suffers through pertussis because she contracted it from a carrier who likely wasn’t vaccinated.

Anti-vaccine parents warned with photo mom shares of baby in hospital | CTV News.

[Meghan] Mcnutt-Anderson shared her story online.

In an April 1 Facebook post, she shared a photo of Brielle in hospital along with a short description of her situation. Her post quickly went viral, with more than 37,000 people sharing it as of Tuesday morning.

“This is why you immunize your children!” she wrote in the Facebook post.

“We have spent the last three days in the hospital at her bedside holding her up and patting her back as she coughs. You see, every time she coughs, she stops breathing, turns blue and goes limp. She has too much mucous and her airways are too small to cough it up and they become blocked and we have to manually help her pass it. We will likely be doing this to Brielle for the next 2 weeks at least.”

Brielle in the hospital

Brielle in the hospital

So by not vaccinating YOUR children, you are putting others through this. Sorry, but that’s despicable.

Besides all the data that shows that vaccinations do not cause or exacerbate autism, there was a new study that showed autism syndrome likely begins during pregnancy. Do vaccines cause autism? It’s a resounding NO. You are a denialist if you say so – get your head out of the sand. Anti-vaccination websites STILL herald Andrew Wakefield as some kind of hero scientist. He’s discredited altogether, plain and simple, his research has been completely retracted and his medical license revoked. Continue to follow one “maverick” guy who would have made money off his discredited research and you are a denialist.

For something new on Wakefield, see this review of his book “Callous Disregard” [PDF] [Wrong About Vaccine Safety: Andrew Wakefield’s “Callous Disregard” The Open Vaccine Journal, 2013, Volume 6] that contains a detailed systematic analysis of his claims. In conclusion, Wakefield’s claims are found to be incorrect or he omits evidence. No surprises. He is no “trusted expert”.

From what I’ve heard, Doubtful News is not well-liked on anti-vaccination sites. Good. It means we are doing our job to help stamp out crap information that is hurting children. No anti-vax comments will appear on this site.

Measles confirmed across Canada, doctors blame anti-vaxxer movement | Globalnews.ca.

Health officials ask Calgary students unvaccinated against measles to stay home – Yahoo News Canada.

Tip: @AlphaRalpha, Patrick Tritschler. Also credit to Joel A. Harrison, PhD

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  8 comments for “Thanks anti-vaxxers for putting babies in the hospital

  1. April 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    I expect you’re mostly preaching to the choir here as most of your readers have surely vaxxed their kids. I know I have. (I’m old enough to have had the mumps before a vaccine was available. Thank goodness I didn’t get orchitis!)

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      I realize that but many people come to the site as a result of search results. Trust me when I say there are a LOT of comments that don’t get posted. However, the more the media says Vaccination denialism is DANGEROUS, the sooner we can squelch this misinformation.

      • Jacob
        April 10, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        Actually, I have some friends on Facebook that didn’t vaccinate their children. I love posts like this because it lets me subtly point out how dangerous it is without directly accusing them of being terrible people, because they’re actually good people. Just….misguided, sadly.

        • William Wimmer
          April 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

          I have a co-worker who refuses to vaccinate his children because his “wife works in the medical field, we’ve done our homework and are convinced that vaccines cause autism.” The really horrible part, aside from the blatant stupidity of someone who works in the medical field denying vaccine success rates, is that the vaccine that started them on a path of anti-vaxx was the Chickenpox vaccine, no even the “correct” vaccine. So now whenever he asks, “What’s up?” I tell him, “The number of vaccine-preventable deaths.” He doesn’t ask it much anymore.

      • Sindigo
        April 10, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        And it’s so unbelievably widespread a belief. As a (relatively) new parent I’ve lost count of how many people have repeated some kind of anti-vax sentiment to me in the past 18 months.

        Luckily, our daughter was able to be vaccinated but not everyone is so lucky. If they come up with a vaccination against constantly being full of snot she’ll be having that one too!

  2. Harold Renshaw
    April 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Every bit of stupidity has someone believing so strongly in it that they are willing to sacrifice for it. But sacrificing your children? Isn’t that a form of child abuse and shouldn’t it be punished severely?

    • William Wimmer
      April 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      @Harold, but they don’t perceive it as sacrifice. They believe (some even honestly) that they are saving the world from a more crippling condition. They lack any ability to understand that there is no connection and that they are responsible for the infecting and death of children.

  3. Scott Ray
    April 11, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    I think you are making an important contribution to civilization—and I am serious. Far too much of what is accepted in society is done without any understanding of the evidence. As a non-American it truly concerns me that the most powerful and influential nation on earth displays really scary stone age thinking processes. We all know a little about Nigerian child brides and witch hunts, and we shake our heads and make disparaging noises. However the US—with far less excuse—continues to promote homeopathy, fundamentalist christianity (at least the Nigerian ministers don’t die of snakebite, right?), the moral supremacy of capitalism, fruit loop cancer treatments (my love of 20 years died of cancer, I’d have done anything that the evidence suggested would work…that’s we made the most of her last few months rather than chasing bullshit), and anti-vacinnation. For crying out loud, vaccination is about as problematic as gravity. Like the ‘teach the controversy’ rubbish around evolution—there is only a religious and political controversy…and that fits into the science classroom how?. Vaccination works exactly like nature does…oh, that’s because it is nature…except the kid doesn’t die from it!!!Awesome!!! You, and some others, keep the reality of life to the forefront…and you promote reasoned thinking to justify it. I think that god does not exist, nor does bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, UFOs are just that, homeopathy is wishful thinking well marketed, and vaccination—along with antobiotics—are a freaking awesome demonstration of the power of science. I may be wrong, but it will be evidence that proves it…and you keep asking for it. Love ya to bits.

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