Oh fun! I’ve been wondering when this level of vitriol would arrive in my comments. In case I forget something, please feel free to chime in.
Why do I care you ask?
1. Because no vaccine is 100% effective. And yet 85% effective is still better than 0% effective. As the CDC says, “If you’ve been vaccinated and get pertussis, you are less likely to have a severe infection. Typically, your cough won’t last as many days and coughing fits, whooping, and vomiting after coughing fits won’t occur as often. When vaccinated children get pertussis, fewer have apnea (life-threatening pauses in breathing), cyanosis (blue/purplish skin coloration due to lack of oxygen), and vomiting." (Bolding mine. I mean, seriously? You want to see your child turn blue and vomit? Okay then. Let’s just not be friends, aight?) (Also of note in that CDC fact sheet is that having pertussis only protects you with natural immunity for a few years, which means you then have to get it again, and again, and again. Sounds awesome!)
2. Because my decision to vaccinate my child is a net positive to society. It means he will (hopefully) not infect other people, he will not be hospitalized as frequently (hopefully) as non-vaccinated children, and that he will attend more days of school thus becoming a more intelligent member of society. If something goes wrong with the vaccine, then it is the problem of me and my husband. But, when someone does not vaccinate their child, their decision is a net-negative. It means that child can sicken hundreds, if not thousands of other people. It means that that one decision can kill people, can maim little children, and be a literal cost to society if those made ill do not have insurance. 
3. There’s this thing in public health called herd immunity. Think of your town as a wildbeest herd and that these gnarly, ancient diseases are a pride of lions trying to eat the poor defenseless baby beest. The baby can’t fight back, so the herd does its best to protect it. That is the same idea behind vaccinations: You vaccinate the herd in order to protect those that need protection, you know like your grandmother with cancer, your co-worker with MS, your pregnant sister, your pastor with HIV, or like a newborn baby whose immune system is still jelly-like and immature.
4. Because I understand SCIENCE and I know that vaccines do not cause autism and that vaccines do not make you sick.
5. Because I think dying of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, influenza, smallpox, and their ilk is a really stupid way to die (it’s also so 18th century). But, that’s your choice. Just don’t ever expect to let your kid near my kid. Or to let your kid go to school. Good luck with moving on up in the world! Hope your savings are well established because you might not have anyone to look after you in your old age.
There’s more, but honestly, I understand the futility of arguing with people who like to anonymously call other people stupid bitches on the Internet, so I’ll just sit here on my smug soapbox and watch you guys die off one by one of preventable diseases. Have fun!

Oh fun! I’ve been wondering when this level of vitriol would arrive in my comments. In case I forget something, please feel free to chime in.

Why do I care you ask?

1. Because no vaccine is 100% effective. And yet 85% effective is still better than 0% effective. As the CDC says, “If you’ve been vaccinated and get pertussis, you are less likely to have a severe infection. Typically, your cough won’t last as many days and coughing fits, whooping, and vomiting after coughing fits won’t occur as often. When vaccinated children get pertussis, fewer have apnea (life-threatening pauses in breathing), cyanosis (blue/purplish skin coloration due to lack of oxygen), and vomiting." (Bolding mine. I mean, seriously? You want to see your child turn blue and vomit? Okay then. Let’s just not be friends, aight?) (Also of note in that CDC fact sheet is that having pertussis only protects you with natural immunity for a few years, which means you then have to get it again, and again, and again. Sounds awesome!)

2. Because my decision to vaccinate my child is a net positive to society. It means he will (hopefully) not infect other people, he will not be hospitalized as frequently (hopefully) as non-vaccinated children, and that he will attend more days of school thus becoming a more intelligent member of society. If something goes wrong with the vaccine, then it is the problem of me and my husband. But, when someone does not vaccinate their child, their decision is a net-negative. It means that child can sicken hundreds, if not thousands of other people. It means that that one decision can kill people, can maim little children, and be a literal cost to society if those made ill do not have insurance. 

3. There’s this thing in public health called herd immunity. Think of your town as a wildbeest herd and that these gnarly, ancient diseases are a pride of lions trying to eat the poor defenseless baby beest. The baby can’t fight back, so the herd does its best to protect it. That is the same idea behind vaccinations: You vaccinate the herd in order to protect those that need protection, you know like your grandmother with cancer, your co-worker with MS, your pregnant sister, your pastor with HIV, or like a newborn baby whose immune system is still jelly-like and immature.

4. Because I understand SCIENCE and I know that vaccines do not cause autism and that vaccines do not make you sick.

5. Because I think dying of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, influenza, smallpox, and their ilk is a really stupid way to die (it’s also so 18th century). But, that’s your choice. Just don’t ever expect to let your kid near my kid. Or to let your kid go to school. Good luck with moving on up in the world! Hope your savings are well established because you might not have anyone to look after you in your old age.

There’s more, but honestly, I understand the futility of arguing with people who like to anonymously call other people stupid bitches on the Internet, so I’ll just sit here on my smug soapbox and watch you guys die off one by one of preventable diseases. Have fun!

  1. kwolfsbane reblogged this from pregnantpause-nyer
  2. messily said: Why is our society so proud to be stupid? I don’t understand.
  3. photolodico said: I chose to do delayed vaccines because vaccines CAN make you sick. My doctor hands me a huge long sheet of possible side affects with each shot. I don’t see this quite as black and white as you do because of my personal experiences. But herd immunity is really important. …
  4. nyclust said: ugh. I was rage-stroking on your behalf after this (and on behalf of all of society really). I can’t believe people are so righteous and yet so ignorant!
  5. totaldrivel said: A+
  6. perkieandmowgli said: "Sit here on my smug soapbox and watch you guys die off one by one of preventable diseases." LOL.
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