Look, I hate needles, and I don’t trust pharmaceutical companies any more than I trust other businesses, but vaccines are one of the greatest inventions ever. Their use is arguably the single biggest factor in the increased modern life expectancy, not to mention the sole reason for the eradication of several diseases from the developed world.
Or so we thought. Whooping cough and measles are making a comeback in California (which is no small feat for a disease, just ask Mel Gibson).
“But Bret, vaccines cause autism.”
Yeah, if you get your scientific advice from the Playboy Playmate who hosted the MTV dating show, “Singled Out” and can currently be found charity-banging a 48 year old Jim Carrey.
Yes Jim, any attention is good attention…
You know what is more likely to cause autism? Waiting too long to have kids. I bet you feel proud of all you accomplished with your great acting career, Jenny McCarthy. I’m sure you’ll cherish that Razzie for your role in Dirty Love more than having a normal child.
Mean? Yes, but that foolhardy do-
“But Bret, I can do whatever I want with my kid.”
To a degree, you’re right. You can drag your kid to church and fill their head with lies. You can tell your kid evolution is an anti-God conspiracy and condemn them to a life of mopping bathrooms, or worse, investment banking. You can even show your kid an R-rated movie that gives them nightmares for years (or a PG rated movie… damn you Gremlins!).
What you can’t do is endanger others. You can’t drive 90 miles an hour through a school zone. You can’t throw knives in a grocery store while blindfolded (trust me…). And you can’t “choose” not to vaccinate your kid, because it’s not just your kid that can get infected and die.
If it was just you and your retarded offspring that died, I wouldn’t give a shit. I would be happy for such a tidy form of self-selection. This is why I love motorcycles, skateboarding, sky-diving over uninhabited areas, heroin, anorexia, and suicide. I mean, I don’t enjoy them myself, but I love knowing others do. It makes for great YouTube videos.
Vaccines save lives, and not only the life of the person getting them. Now if only they had a vaccine for stupid…