Society right to demand vaccines


First Posted: 2/9/2015

The government under whose protective umbrella we live and work and raise families has every right to expect obeisance to its civic protocols. It provides Americans collectively with innumerable things which singly Americans cannot.

An arcane smattering of questionable statistics masquerading as healthy rationale for skepticism by naysayers won’t disprove the worthiness of government’s attempts to enforce a public service, i.e., immunization, from which benefits to human beings outstrip the risks by light years.

Those who remember the epidemic of the 1950s that was mercifully brought to a standstill by Salk and Sabin, and recall that even aristocratic future presidents were vulnerable to polio, don’t trivialize its horrors. Those who dismiss the dangers as inconsequential should recheck their numbers, now when the controversy over vaccination is raging — along with measles, mumps and whooping cough — with polio itself perilously close to resurgence because of non-compliance with sound medical advice.

If you believe that a weakened strain of the measles virus can cause autism but a full-blown case of the disease won’t, you must have studied logic in the same place that the lady entertainer who spearheads the crusade against inoculation did, and whose most visible hold on authority is that she introduced audible flatulence to commercial advertising.

Einstein said that information isn’t knowledge — experience is. You don’t want to see children in painful metal braces, or their heart-wrenching pictures used to promote fund drives to fight polio — again!

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