Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Granolahead, Anti-Vaccination Right Wingers and what motivates them
RN's who advise people not to get their kids vaccinated particularly scare me.
To them, Vaccines cause autism and they will dig up parts of studies to prove it (along with the discredited Wakefield study that kicked this whole movement onto the radar back in 1998). Anti-Vaxers think vaccines are poisonous and ruin health. They don't believe in the flu shot. My friend the Supervisor's fear extends to big pharmaceutical companies and, indeed, government itself. She homeschools her child and not getting your child vaccinated is quite common amongst those who participate in that movement. There are legions like her.
They seem to be split between some sort of Granola Anarchism and a Granola Libertarianism. Some have deep spiritual beliefs, mostly of a fundamentalist persuasion. Some have been frightened and bullied by misinformation. But the one thing that unites their anti-vaccination beliefs is their belief that Government is not effective at solving problems. The roots of this can be found in those who (still) question putting fluoride in public drinking water.
Public Health Campaigns work. And if they don't work, we have vast amounts of people reporting on the problems. Public vaccination campaigns work. Millions of lives have been saved so I just don't get it when these seemingly, and otherwise, good professionals buy into a bunch of hokum that could lead to some serious unneeded deaths.
The only answer I can come up with is that their need for Government to be ineffective is greater than the objective data that 1. Vaccines work and 2. Vaccines side effect profile is generally safe and does not include Autism.
Forty years ago, this unfortunate man died of Small Pox. Because of vaccinations, this disease will never kill again. The same was almost true for measles until the anti-vaccination people used faulty science and irrational fear of public health campaigns to stop the progress. As health professionals, we need to talk back to those who lie about vaccines.