Preface by Christopher Wyatt | TLB staff writer/documentary producer
The following editorial is a prime example of how dishonest the mainstream media has become! Take a close look at what they are doing and pay attention to the fact that they are trying to play on public emotions and make it acceptable to bully and harass anyone who questions the necessity or safety of vaccines. This is a very calculated editorial and it hits the right notes to manipulate those who are uneducated about the dangers of vaccines. They even use the term fake news which is clever because “fake news” is the term of the day designed to elicit an emotional response. Nothing they are writing is factual, it is all designed to paint non vaxers as the big bad evil.
No one has turned their back on science and anyone who bothers to do any research knows that the mumps outbreak happening on college campuses is because of waning immunity not because of us crazy non vaxers.
The most curious part of this editorial is the attempt to convince people that New York law mandates vaccines, this is simply not true because a person can use a religious exemption as well as a medical exemption to opt out of vaccines. All of this is a deliberate attempt to make non vaxers look like we are harming public health. By allowing pro vaccine propaganda the media is quickly paving a road of anger and violence that will be directed towards non vaxers. Already it is socially acceptable to harass non vaxers via social media and to deny them education and possibly employment. The next step is physical harm!!! (CW)
‘Anti-vaccine’ crowd jeopardizes public health
This is what can happen when people turn their backs on science: Public health can get needlessly put in jeopardy.
The alarming outbreak of mumps at SUNY New Paltz demonstrates why the “anti-vaccine movement” has to be confronted at every turn. At the local college campus, dozens of cases have either been confirmed or are suspected over the last few months. Emergency personnel had to set up a vaccination clinic to thwart the spread of the viral infection. Symptoms include swelling of the salivary glands, fever, headache, and muscle aches – and the disease can actually have more serious complications for adults than children.
The outbreak apparently began when some members of the college’s intercollegiate swim team became infected.
But what is happening at SUNY New Paltz is far from an isolated incident. Statewide, there have been 147 confirmed or probable cases of mumps reported this year. That’s compared with 24 in all of 2015.
Over the last few years, in fact, some diseases, such as measles, have seen a resurgence at least partly due to the growing number of people who refuse to be fully vaccinated or who are unaware they are not.
Last year, the state Department of Health made the sensible decision to promulgate rules that say children entering kindergarten through grade 12 will now be required to receive a complete series of all required vaccines to attend classes. Students now must have vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella, and other diseases in order to attend class. Over the last few years, there also has been a dangerous correlation between the increase in these type of diseases across the country and the refusal by many in the general public to believe scientists and health officials who say vaccinations are imperative.
At SUNY New Paltz, the more than a dozen students who had refused the vaccine, for religious or other reasons, had to leave campus per the state’s public health law. They will complete their coursework online.
“The most successful tool we have to prevent mumps is the vaccine,” noted Brad Hutton, deputy commissioner for the state Department of Health.
Of course, much like the “fake news” phenomenon we experienced during the recent presidential election, misinformation on the Internet exacerbates the situation. Reputable health officials must continue to push back. These outbreaks can be mitigated, if not avoided altogether