The state of California and some municipalities are tackling the measles outbreak that affected Disneyland by passing a law making it mandatory for children to be vaccinated unless there are health concerns.
Pretty reasonable, right? Well, not to a certain segment of the population, whose pseudo-scientific beliefs have given them the idea that vaccinations are some sort of pharmaceutical company/government plot.
Perhaps most surprising is that a son of one of the most revered political families in American history has jumped on the anti-vax bandwagon. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. compared vaccines to the holocaust in an appearance in Sacramento:
Kennedy spoke to a crowd Tuesday screening a film that claims a link between autism in children and thimerosal, an ingredient in vaccines, according to the Sacramento Bee.
“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy reportedly told the crowd. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”
Source: CBS San Francisco
Not only have Kennedy’s views been debunked by the entire scientific community, it’s offensive to people who are autistic or have family members who are autistic. Autism is not someones brain being “gone.” It’s a different way of thinking. Many autistic people have normal to high IQs.
On the other hand, not vaccinating children can lead to pandemics of illnesses that had previously been eradicated.
Here’s the video:
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