DEyncourt wrote:radarman wrote: [snip of children in iron lungs]
This, and similar, pictures should be sent to every anti-vaxxer retard in the country. It might not make them less retarded, but it might give them pause before saying anything else stupid.
You might be surprised by the level of resistance that the anti-vaxxers have towards getting vaccinations. Just an example: there is a movement to have children get "natural" immunity from diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) by essentially (and needlessly) infecting them. Note the naturopathic doctor being written about had her own three children suffering through up to 5 months of pertussis without allowing other doctors to examine them or treat their symptoms or--needless to say--get the younger ones vaccinated when her eldest came home with the disease. Fortunately all of her children survived the ordeal (on the other hand: most US deaths from pertussis--even when fully treated--happens among infants who are usually too young to get vaccinations. The article does not clearly mention the children's ages except that one--the middle one?--was 3-years-old).
You know, normally I'm pretty suspicious of child protective services, but quite frankly, I consider anti-vaxxers to be child abusers - where they realize it or not. Unfortunately, they don't fit the standard model of abusers, and celebritards are counted among them. However, it's largely passive abuse, and if the kids are lucky, they will be able to make their own choices as adults.
However, when I hear about parents knowingly exposing their kids to these diseases, I think the state should step in, take the kids, and possibly throw their moron parents in jail.