If you have any doubts at all as to why having strong, effective vaccines administered to as many people as possible is a moral imperative, read this post at Lifenut to clear them up. Fortunately, this isn’t one of the worst cases – Gretchen’s kid is on the mend. Imagine how much cheaper this would have been, both from a financial and an emotional standpoint, if the anti-vax twits weren’t influencing the ignorant to allow diseases like pertussis to rise again.
Before you start screeching that Gretchen wouldn’t have this problem if she’d had her son vaccinated, read the whole thing – her son had an adverse reaction to the vaccination as a baby, and wasn’t vaccinated again. This is why herd immunity is so so important to establish, both for the people among us who can’t be vaccinated, and for the infants who are too young to be vaccinated.
(I didn’t include the obvious profanity in the title because Lifenut is a family-friendly blog and I don’t know if trackbacks show up in the comments. The author is a longtime commenter at the HQ, but if you go over there try to be civil, you fucking hooligans.)