It amazes me that being ‘anti-vaccine’ is still a live issue in the US. Here in the UK and Europe, there was a media fuss about Dr Wakefield’s allegations (now completely debunked) that the MMR vaccine ‘caused’ autism, just after their publication in 1998. It lasted a couple of years, and nowadays everyone knows that it was an unfounded temporary panic whipped up by the media. In fact, since then we have introduced new vaccinations like the one for HPV which weren’t even available when I was a child, and they are routinely taken up by our citizens (for free, because we have a National Health Service).
Are the US citizens reading and commenting on these sorts of articles aware that pretty much everyone else, in every other country, think it’s insane that you’re arguing over a non-issue? Do you realise that the celebrities that make anti-vaccine statements in your media sound ridiculous outside the bubble of the US media? Especially when proven scientific facts are discredited on the grounds that ‘hippies’ and ‘vegetarians’ believe them? Do you understand that the anti-vaccination crowd (along with the guns-don’t-kill-people crowd, and the creationist crowd, and social-security-is-a-communist-plot crowd) make the USA look dangerously deranged to the rest of the world?
I wonder how many people would be quite shocked if they could just see how their society looks from the outside….