atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5759: Vaccinations

Tonight's AoSHQ ONT contains, among other things, a chart showing how deadly some diseases were before we could vaccinate against them.

The link provided to the chart.

All that is completely correct: vaccines have given us the ability to acquire immunity to diseases which would otherwise kill us. I do not, and would not, oppose vaccination against those diseases.

There is one misnomer there. "Pneumococcal disease" means "bacterial pneumonia" and prior to vaccinations we also didn't have antibiotics, making the disease a lot more difficult to beat. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but that cure is a significant part of the decrease in fatalities due to that disease.

But diptheria, polio, smallpox--hell yeah, vaccinating against those kinds of diseases is a very, very good idea.

My issue with vaccination is not the shots themselves, but the schedule by which they are applied. We vaccinate for too many diseases at once, too quickly, and that is what is making kids autistic.

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My already considerable estimation of William Shatner just went up further. Shatner was once kind of a jerk, back in the '60s and '70s, but something happened as time went on and he...relaxed. I don't know, he just suddenly seemed to become happier or something. I'm really glad of it.

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Yeah, good point.
I remember once having a conversation in a staff cafeteria with a woman who stated without embarrassment that she had a 54-point checklist that she applied towards any guy who wanted to date her.
...and then they complain that there are no "good men" out there.

A 54-point checklist? Really?

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Today I drove past a Suzuki dealership. Not just Suzuki, but Honda and Kawasaki, too. Did not stop. No time. *sigh*

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