This week’s Take Care Tuesday is probably going to be a bit preachy, sorry I’m not sorry in advance! It is also a two-direction look – at both children and society. The theme, as you might guess is Immunization.
Specifically, this past week I saw the image at the top (which is from the Mother Jones article) related to ourbreaks of serious diseases in places where they had been all-but eradicated by vaccine. There is a great article about it all here.
When we had kids, we headed into the pediatrician for their 2-week check-up and started the cycles of vaccinations. This is just what was done – these diseases had been all but eradicated in the US due to wide-spread vaccination. And by requiring kids coming to school to have vaccines, they prevent re-introduction of the disease.
In fact, let’s just take a quick look at how the Measles vaccine virtually eradicated measles within 5 years, including a 90% 3-year drop-off. Measles is an incredibly infectious disease with frequent complications including pneumonia and more.
But then along came an already-debunked report linking vaccines to autism just as the detection and treatment of autistic children was on the rise …and you get ‘vaccine hysteria’. The toll? We are seeing widespread outbreaks of these diseased in areas such as the US and UK where they were gone before. The autism link is gone – but the damage continues. From Mother Jones:
It’s no surprise that Africa has been heavily hit, but why are the United States and Europe seeing so many outbreaks? Aaron Carroll explains:
All of that red, which seems to dominate? It’s measles. It’s even peeking through in the United States, and it’s smothering the United Kingdom.
If you get rid of the measles, you can start to see mumps. Again, crushing the UK and popping up in the US.
Both measles and mumps are part of the MMR vaccine.
Use of the MMR vaccine plummeted during the aughts, as vaccine-autism hysteria was spread by charlatans and the ignorati. Needless to say, this did nothing to affect the incidence of autism, but it sure had an effect on measles and mumps. To this day, though, I don’t think any of the vectors of this hysteria have so much as apologized. It’s shameful.
This is really sad and shameful – because of who I am, whenever we let fear and politics triumph over science and safety I am outraged and affronted. We can do better than this!
That is NOT to say we should blindly accept medication … but ignoring the medical reality of the eradication of a disease compared to a potential red flag put up in one study that conflicts with hundreds of others … that is paranoia, conspiracy theorizing, or worse!
I had assumed that Spill It Sunday was like Five Things Friday or Throwback Thursday … in other words, it might have started somewhere but nobody really knows. Turns out that Arman at The Big Man’s World started it … at least within the community of bloggers I run with. So, credit where credit is due! Anyway, the theme this week was TV Shows. Here we go:
We were not a 'TV family' growing up, and I don't recall as many houses with 24/7 TV back then as I do more recently. We would watch some at night, and some on the weekends, but seldom during the daytime.
-> What was your favourite TV series growing up?
Very young – I remember Sesame Street, Zoom and Electric Company
Childhood – Wild Kingdom, Bugs Bunny – Road Runner, Lost in Space, Batman, Star Trek
Later childhood – Monty Python (came to US when I was 9), Six Million Dollar Man, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Battlestar Galactica
Teen years- Star Trek The Next Generation, Family Ties, Cosby Show
Twenties – Twin Peaks, Mad About You
Thirties – Ally McBeal, X-Files, Melrose Place
-> What is your current favourite TV series?
Hmmm … tough call, but right now we watch Grimm, Supernatural, and Castle pretty regularly, and have been keeping track of Suburgatory and Brooklyn Nine Nine as well.
-> If you could guest star in ANY TV show, which would it be?
Star Trek The Next Generation – although I grew up on the original, this is always my favorite series. Love all the characters (even Wesley), the techno-babble and so on.
-> What genre of television do you enjoy the most? (Reality, Action, Drama, Comedy)
Comedy and drama … action is fine, but REALLY not a fan of most reality shows (at least those that define the genre like the ‘real world’, ‘jersey shore’ and so on). Though I DO like to watch Chopped, House Hunters, and so on.
-> Which TV series do you think should NOT have been renewed after it’s first season yet had?
The Secret Life of the American Teenager – we watched the show because of the age of our kids, and while it wasn’t great, it also dealt with the issues of teen pregancy and the impact on the rest of life … for a while. Then it became about the relentless pursuit of teen sex. Don’t believe me? Check this out:
-> Which TV series do you think deserved to be renewed yet was not?
We really enjoyed a show called ‘The Heights’ that only made it a half-season (12 episodes) … but my all-time non-renewed series has to be Police Squad! From the people who made Airplane, it is really a classic. Here is the first episode: