Struck by lightning, sounds pretty frightening
But you know the chances are so small
Stuck by a bee sting, nothing but a B-thing
Better chance you’re gonna bite it at the mall
But it’s a twenty-three four-to-one
That you can fall in love by the end of this song
So get up, get up
Tell the bookie put a bet on “not a damn thing will go wrong”
If we put the odds of dying from any and all possible causes at a 1:1 ratio – because let’s face it, life is fleeting and all our candles will snuffed out in the blink of an eye in terms of time on this teacup ride – odds are we’re gonna be alright for another night.
According to the CDC, before the U.S. widely implemented the measles vaccination program in 1963:
- 3-4 million people in the U.S. got measles each year.
- 48,000 were hospitalized.
- 4,000 suffered encephalitis (brain swelling).
- 400-500 died.
Herd immunity granted via mass adoption of the measles vaccine in the U.S. led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era. This is statistically significant. If this were a clinical trial, it would be unethical to continue with only a select few in the trial, instead of making the medication widely available.
Today, California became the largest state to require schoolchildren to receive vaccinations – allowing exemptions only for medical necessity, and removing options for personal or religious reasons. (The only established religion truly opposed to vaccines is Christian Scientist.)
Who would have thought California would join the exclusive company of Mississippi and West Virginia?
“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it is true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community,” Governor Brown noted in a memo to the California State Senate, indicating his approval of SB 277.
What are the risks of this controversial vaccine?
From the insert:
MMR vaccine side-effects (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of MMR vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella. Most people who get MMR vaccine do not have any serious problems with it.
- Fever (up to 1 person out of 6)
- Mild rash (about 1 person out of 20)
- Swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about 1 person out of 75)
If these problems occur, it is usually within 7-12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.
- Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses)
- Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4)
- Temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses)
Severe Problems (Very Rare)
- Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
- Several other severe problems* have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:
- Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
*These are so rare that it is hard to tell whether the vaccine causes them. Correlation does not necessarily mean causation.
When I posted my initial missive on this vaccination, (hesitating over the potential controversy that may arise – not from those who may oppose my well researched and scientifically supported informed opinion, but because we may have had to cancel Disneyland) I saw many supportive comments.
I also saw this.
“I always desire to share on any posts on vaccines that I have a child who was injured by a vaccine. I would much rather have had to battle a short-term measles infection or even have been given the opportunity to face losing her to a childhood illness over the alternative of the mind bending and soul distilling work of recovering her from neurological and immune system disorder over the last 6 years, and into the future.”
My children are healthy. That was touch and go at the start. And at no point would I ever wish someone to face losing a child as an after-effect of another parent’s ill-informed fear.
Now comes the chorus of concern, “Stand up and let our elected officials know we demand to retain rights over our own bodies!” I will stand with you there.
So I will clear up some confusion about today’s bill; no one has taken that right from you.
Under the new law, families with a nonmedical reason for declining vaccines will have to home-school. Unvaccinated children who are currently in school will be allowed to remain for the time, until proof of vaccination is required when they enter kindergarten and seventh grade.
No one will force you to vaccinate your child. You may still choose to forego vaccines. SB 277 simply mandates that you not then force your willingness to decimate herd immunity upon those who do not have a choice.
Our country is known for its freedoms. Let us not forget that this does not mean the liberty to ignore the potential consequences of our choices.
“I wouldn’t send my child to a liberal indoctrination center either, but I digress” said a disgruntled commenter in response to today’s news.
Huzzah! The law is already working as intended.
As I said before, it is the height of hubris to think ourselves so self-aggrandized that we begin to scoff at proven medicine simply because we can. Have we fallen so far from reality that we can no longer see the benefits due to the possibility of a drawback? No science has 100% efficacy except death. Do not use your misguided beliefs to prove that.
What are the odds that we’re gonna be all right? Well, per the National Safety Council, here are the lifetime odds of death for selected causes, from most likely to least:
|Odds of Dying|
|Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease||1:29|
|Motor Vehicle Crashes||1:112|
|Unintentional Poisoning By and Exposure to Noxious Substances||1:119|
|Assault by Firearm||1:356|
|Unintentional Drowning and Submersion||1:1,043|
|Exposure to Fire, Flames or Smoke||1:1,418|
|Choking from Inhalation and Ingestion of Food||1:3,649|
|Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat||1:8,321|
|Air and Space Transport Incidents||1:8,357|
|Exposure to Electric Current, Radiation, Temperature and Pressure||1:12,174|
|Contact with Sharp Objects||1:37,565|
|Contact with Heat and Hot Substances||1:62,608|
|Contact with Hornets, Wasps and Bees||1:75,852|
|Bitten or Struck by a Dog||1:103,798|
|Struck by Lightning||1:136,011|