Respectful Insolence

Why you should be vaccinated

ERV explains: Vaccines strengthen superpowers.

Take that, Jenny McCarthy!

Comments

  1. #1 Gates Keepers
    September 24, 2007

    There is a blog on the immunisation-suporting Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that may interest you http://gateskeepers.civiblog.org

    Gates Keepers

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  2. #2 Big Al
    September 24, 2007

    I became quite sick the first time I was vaccinated, and the scar is still visible, after 60 years, so it isn’t benign.

  3. #3 SteveM
    September 24, 2007

    Big Al, are you talking about the smallpox vaccine? I thought that was supposed to leave a scar, I still have mine.

  4. #4 fusilier
    September 24, 2007

    60 years ago, smallpox was about the only vaccination there was – so yeah, Big Al is probably talking about smallpox.

    Fenn’s Pox Americana is a pretty good overview. Any good library will have a copy – or you can search on the usual commercial sites.

    fusilier, who has a scar, also
    James 2:24

  5. #5 HCN
    September 24, 2007

    I also have a scar from the smallpox vaccine.

    My kids don’t.

  6. #6 SteveM
    September 24, 2007

    HSN, did your kids even get the smallpox vaccine? I thought they stopped about 20 years ago or so. My kids weren’t vaccinated (for smallpox) and they are 22 and 19.

  7. #7 HCN
    September 24, 2007

    I guess my point was too subtle.

    Of course they have not been vaccinated for Smallpox… that was dropped from the pediatric schedule over 30 years ago!

    Hint: What happened 60 years ago does not reflect on the safety of the current vaccine schedule.

  8. #8 Dan
    September 24, 2007

    I became quite sick the first time I was vaccinated, and the scar is still visible, after 60 years, so it isn’t benign.

    No one is arguing that vaccinations don’t have side effects. They do and for a tiny number of people, the side effects can be very serious. However, a good vaccine is orders of magnitude more “benign” than the disease it prevents (particularly in the case of such a virulent and disfiguring disease as smallpox).

  9. #9 Squillo
    September 24, 2007

    I have the smallpox scar, too; I have no other scars from smallpox infection, however.

  10. #10 Monado
    September 24, 2007

    Because my mother’s little brother died of diptheria.

    Because before the measles vaccination there were enough deaf victims that you could build separate “Schools for the Deaf” for them.

    Because my cousin was crippled by polio.

    Wake up! You’re living in a golden age if you’re when/where you don’t have to fear those things any more.

  11. #11 ERV
    September 24, 2007

    Dan– They do and for a tiny number of people, the side effects can be very serious.

    And as I demonstrated, for a tiny number of people, a side-effect of vaccines is superpowers.

    My superpowers seem to consist solely of attracting stray dogs and predicting the behaviors of Creationists/Deniers… But hey, a superpower is a superpower!

    Monado– Did you see that the Taliban is finally letting polio vaccinations through??

  12. #12 Melissa G
    September 25, 2007

    I love vaccinations!!! And superpowers. And super-powered vaccinations. In fact, that’s what I want my superpower to be– *giving* vaccinations!

    I would be… IMMUNO-LASS!!!

    (Hey, there are puh-lenty in the Legion of Superheroes with dumber names than that!)

  13. #13 Sophist, FCD
    September 27, 2007

    I always thought “So I don’t die” was sufficient justification.

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