For once, we would love to take the politics out of a debate and turn it strictly to science. The recent controversy surrounding measles, vaccinations, and parental rights doesn’t even need our conservative spin. Common sense and facts are enough to debunk misconceptions.
The mainstream media is promoting the agenda of mandatory vaccinations thanks to an outbreak of measles at Disneyland. They are using a combination of scare tactics, name calling, and mass programming to push this agenda. We won’t discuss why this is the case – that’s for conspiracy theorists to decode. However, we are extremely concerned about the methodology behind the selection of statistics they promote.
One of the most common statistics that is being used today, seen in 8 out of 22 articles we reviewed, is that there were 146,000 measles-related deaths worldwide in 2013. This can make for a very compelling argument to scare people into supporting mandatory vaccines. What they never mention (and by never, I mean zero of the articles we reviewed) is that the US numbers before vaccinations were introduced put the risk of death from measles at less than 1/10th of 1%.
According to the Oxford Journal of Infectious Diseases (an organization that supports vaccinations):
By the late 1950s, even before the introduction of measles vaccine, measles-related deaths and case fatality rates in the United States had decreased markedly, presumably as a result of improvement in health care and nutrition.
Don’t get me wrong – we aren’t trying to downplay the importance of anyone’s death. Ideally, nobody would die from a disease, but this is not the tremendous killing machine that the mainstream media makes it out to be. We would save exponentially more children’s lives by mandating vegetable intake or outlawing chocolate than by mandating measles vaccines (not that we would support any mandates on vegetables or chocolate, either).
Another important fact that mainstream media seems oblivious to (by choice) is that the vaccine doesn’t always work. They are quick to note a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that from January 1-May 23, 2014, measles outbreaks rose considerably over preview years. What they won’t tell you is that over 10% of those cases were confirmed to be vaccinated and 20% had an uncertain vaccination status.
The people who are pushing hardest for measles vaccinations to “save the children” are often the same people who are pro-abortion. It’s a hypocrisy that is so grotesque that words won’t do it justice, but we’ll try. Here’s a Tweetable fact:
This isn’t to say that measles vaccinations are bad! However, it definitely should not be mandated.