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Vaccinating your kids and the connection to autism: plus other myths

Good post by Darin over in The Squid Zone on how some parents are eschewing, for various unfounded reasons, vaccinations for their kids due to fears about autism, promiscuousness and other fairy tale consequences.

I’ve run across this a few times myself. Fairly recently, upon mentioning to an acquaintance that we were arranging to have my eldest get Gardasil, which has been SCIENTIFICALLY proven to reduce the rate of certain cervical cancers, I received a very weird reaction.

“Why”, said my friend, “aren’t you worried that having this protection will lead to unprotected sex?”


Here in this little world I like to call “reality”, I feel it better to keep my head out of the sand and in a zone where the imperative is to take advantage of a quantitatively demonstrated tool to help me keep my kids healthy.

Seems to be a no-brainer.

Maybe the world won’t end in a mushroom cloud after all. If the anti-vaccination folks have their way, we, or maybe our grandkids’ world, will all fall dead due to measles or small-pox.

Oh, and borrowing from Darin, I’ll end this post with the same warning to anyone who wishes to comment. Don’t tell me about your 2nd cousin in New Westminster who got the measles vax as a kid and then turned autistic because of it. There is no scientific link. Period. No anecdotes like this will be accepted. Like I said earlier: my world is called “reality”. And here our decisions are based on science, not speculation.


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  1. trashee says:

    Fair enough – tough to argue that.
    But, I don’t know about you, but in my day, teenage hormones were teenage hormones. and despite the pleadings of generations of Christians and others who insist on abstinence as the solution for all troubles sex-related, it just-doesn’t-work.
    That reality thing kicks in.
    We’re human beings. And that’s super!
    Thanks for your comment!

  2. Diane says:

    It is also scientifically proven that abstinence prevents cervical cancer more readily then the vaccine

  3. Squid says:

    Imagine… if we only knew that Gardasil would turn teenage girls into insatiable sluts when we were kids, every teenage boy would have carried some around with him.

    The autism argument at least makes sense… at least until the ‘it’s been tested time and time again and has been shown repeatedly that there is no link” part.

    But the (presumably religion-based) belief that teenage girls are essentially nymphomaniacs who are held back by the belief that they’ll get HPV – a restriction that is removed when they get Gardasil… now that’s high fantasy.

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