Monday, June 11, 2012
Vaccinate your kids
Ironically, in more recent times an anti-vaccine movement has arisen, which is most prevalent in the more conservative groups - religious and otherwise. I think it is part of a larger anti-science bias that has been growing for some time because as science has progressed more and more ancient mythologies have been laid to rest and that threatens some people immensely. When threatened, people either get defensive or back off.
A good example of how this works is found in the fact that the majority of U.S. citizens do not "believe" in evolution, even though it is the basis of almost all scientific endeavors and is not up for discussion. In the same way many people do not believe in vaccinating their children, even though not to do so is to put those children at risk of contracting a number of serious, even life-threatening diseases.