What is an "irrational" fear?

It drives me a little batty when people scoff at the “irrational” fears of American health programs by the citizens of other nations – especially if those citizens are brown. This especially comes up on the vaccinate/anti-vaxx battlegrounds. I’m pro-vaccine (except where medically hazardous because vaccines have RISKS and doctors/parents KNOW some kids cannot get the shots), because they – looking at the statistical analysis for myself and using all the freaking statistics skills I had to learn in grad school – save lives....more
SO VERY NOT getting into the vaccination debate. OMG.  It was your headline that caught me. I ...more

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth—where opinions never turn into facts, no matter how fervently we believe, no matter how personal the loss or the triumph—the growing number of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children is in part responsible for a resurgence in diseases long laid almost to rest. ...more
Just thought I'd post this link here considering that our concerns about vaccines aren't ...more