Originally Posted by prosciencemum
It you can make it through some of the insulting language about choices to not vaccinate, you will notice that Phil Plait (the "Bad Astronomer") who writes this blog, is very angry about the death of Dana McCaffery (died of whooping cough in 2009 at age 4 weeks). Frankly her entirely preventable death makes me angry too, although I believe polite discourse is usually more helpful to the discussion so I try my hardest not to let that anger rule my comments. Phil's also not bound by the MDC UA to respect your choices. He makes it clear that he has no respect for the choice not to vaccinate and believes people who have made that choice have contributed to the death of Dana McCaffery. So he doesn't hold back on his opinions. Neither do many on the "anti-vax" side either.
I don't think he is bound by the MDC UA. I don't really care what he writes on other sites. That being said, a good chunk of people here are non-vaxxers and sick of non-vax bashing, so I figured I would give them a little warning to avoid the link if they were not in the mood.
I was upset by the picture of the baby. No one likes it when a baby dies……however….
Pro-vaxxers are sooooooo critical of others telling their story of their vaccine injured child (anecdotes), even when it is many stories they dismiss it as anecdata, yet they pull out their own stories, don't they?
The science around the pertussis upswing is not primarily related to non-vaxxing. Even the CDC admits this. http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html I find it interesting that other VADs are not on the upswing in the same way pertusssis is, yet non-vaxxers are blamed for the upswing. Even if he or anyone thinks non-vaxxers do play a part in the pertussis upswing, may I suggest they aim their daggers at the huge number of adults who do not get their boosters???? Failing to do so make it seem like the real reason they are angry is not about vaccination rates, but something else.