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

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My own son has "neurological differences." My son has his own struggles and challenges which may or may not have been caused by the environment, by toxins, by genetics, by bad luck, by evolutionary change, by who knows what? And I will not let my desire to have an answer to how he is who he is keep me from being a fully aware and responsible member of society. And I don't think any of the anti-vaxxers has the right to make that call, either. Just: NO.

We're not trying to eradicate teen acne. We're not trying to disregard that the explosion in the number of children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders is terrifying, and that the lack of answers is unsatisfying, at best. We're trying to save lives. We are living with the science that we know now, and it really doesn't matter how many science journals we read hoping for new discoveries, how many opportunistic doctors step forward with easy answers, how loud the chorus of fear becomes, or what celebrities say on Twitter: The fact is that vaccination is the best way we know now to keep our world healthy.

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be A Jerk)
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The problem isn't inside the vaccines. The problem is with people spreading misinformation, spreading fear, finding connections and conspiracies that cannot be proven to exist, no matter how many inconvenient facts they try to brush aside. It's time to stop being jerks. It's time to be responsible citizens. It's time to change the map above into something less colorful, less scary.

It's time for all of us to stand up and say: Don't be an ass. Get your child vaccinated. Save him—and all the children and old people and sick people with whom he will come in contact—from known diseases. And kiss your baby when you put him to bed every night, and pray—for luck, for good health, for fortune to smile on your baby—like the rest of us do.

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