Should I vaccinate my kid, and if so why?
The short answer is “yes, you should definitely vaccinate your kid.”
But since you’re here I’m assuming maybe you’ve heard stories on the internet, maybe about a link between autism and vaccine, and it made you wonder if you really should risk it with your kid.
So, I am going to explore the notion that vaccines would cause autism, why it persists, why it’s wrong, and what causes autism instead. Finally, I’ll get back to this question to talk about why it’s vitally important that you DO vaccinate your kid.
I think it’s time for governments in developed countries to stop dilly-dallying with anti-vaxxers. I don’t know how the law is written in other parts of the world but where I am, refusing children’s access to necessary health care is considered child abuse.
If your country does not have that law, make it a political question in the next election!
So, is vaccination safe or will it give you autism?
The latest medical study, in Denmark, performed on 657,461 children born in Denmark, says no, vaccination will not give your children autism, or even increase the risk of getting a diagnose if you are already at risk of getting one.
The only criticism of this study, really is that perhaps the energy should be spent on how to deal with parents that are anti-vaxxers or influenced by them rather than trying to prove something that has been proven so many times so many years ago already.
One anti-vaxxer claim, among several, is that vaccinating your child will increase the risk of it contracting autism. Ok, let’s assume this is true even if it has been disproven over and over again… after all, it must be a worldwide conspiracy of medical companies wanting to poison people for profit, right?
Let’s look at the alternatives. For instance, the MMR-vaccine:
The MMR vaccine is a vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). The first dose is generally given to children around 9 to 15 months of age, with a second dose at 15 months to 6 years of age, with at least 4 weeks between the doses. After two doses, 97% of people are protected against measles, 88% against mumps, and at least 97% against rubella.
So what are measles, mumps, and rubella?
Measles is highly contagious. If a person with it walks into a group without vaccination, they will most likely get it. But hey, only 25% needs to be hospitalized and only 1-2 in 1000 will die from it. Among the complications are permanent hearing loss or lethal brain swelling… (Lethal as in, it’s the last medical condition you’ll ever have!)
Mumps is also highly contagious. You can pretty much bet, if you meet someone with it (for instance a fellow anti-vaxxer) you’ll get it. If you’re a man that has completed puberty you suffer a 15–40% risk of getting a painful testicular inflammation (if your parents are anti-vaxxers, maybe you should verify they aren’t also a man-haters?) But then again, it can also give you ovarian inflammation. And brain inflammation.
Rubella is so mild you may not even know you have it… if you are a pregnant woman, on the other hand, congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) can occur in the fetus. And this is not funny. It can turn the baby deaf, blind, and dumb (intellectually disabled). I don’t know how to get closer to a classical medieval curse than that.
And an anti-vaxxer is willing to abuse their children with all this to avoid autism.
I can’t compare risks and statistics since there is no scientific material determining the risk of contracting autism from vaccines since there is no scientific proof this can even happen, but let’s be generous and pretend the risk is about equal to the risks of the complications of the above diseases.
As a person with autism, I’d like to take the opportunity to say this to the anti-vaxxer movement:
Fuck you too!
You’re claiming that you’d rather have lethal brain swelling, painful testicular inflammation, and deaf, blind, and intellectually impaired children than have autism?
Say it to my face and I’ll do my damndest to sue your ass off and use every cent of it to lobby for the criminalization of anti-vaxxing!
And no, I wouldn’t do it for some kind of petty revenge. I’d like to see a criminalization of anti-vaxxing to drive home the seriousness of this behavior.
Refusing to vaccinate your children isn’t a lifestyle choice or even a question of individual freedom.
I’d compare it to an act of terror.
Terrorists would drool over the above percentages and effects if they could devise a bomb that spread them in a western country!
Since the world we see today have been turned into what it is by normal people, abnormal should be very attractive…
Taking care of the laundry is oftentimes exhausting.
And still, it has to be done — if you’re wondering. Otherwise, people will smell you, and they will never tell you, just stop being around you… that’s people for you, so yes, it has to be done and no one, except perhaps your mom, will ever tell you so…
I was watching Netflix’s “Atypical” when I came across the following exchange in a scene where the parents of the main character Sam were at a group for parents with children with autism:
Doug: The whole thing really threw me off because we’ve been getting along well, and he’s been seeing a therapist lately, and I felt like he was getting better…
Shelby: Oh! So sorry to interrupt you again, but um, there is no (making air quotes) getting better in autism. It’s a neurological condition, not a curable disease…
It’s obvious Shelby has a stick up her arse when you see the character in action, and I really feel sorry for her kid: No, John, you can’t go out and play with the other kids because there’s no getting better in autism and the last time you made poor Amy cry… Continue reading Autism and “getting better”
Just back from vacation, and my sleep depravation is over… no, not sleep deprived, sleep depraved…
A fun exchange with a colleague:
Colleague: so how was your vacation?
Me talks a bit about it and mentions sleep.
Colleague: so, how bad is it?
Me: I went to bed at ten and woke up at five.
Colleague looks confused.
Me: ten in the morning and five in the afternoon.
Why sleep depraved/deprived/de-whatever?
No clue. Because sleep hates me? And I hate it right back?
Maybe because I was born four in the afternoon… but it’s more likely that I was born in the afternoon because my sleep cycle has always been in disarrary…
Brain scans can detect autism long before any symptoms start to emerge, according to an article in Nature.