Anti-vaxxers give us incandescent levels of rage (and sadness). There are a lot of vaccine links this week.
First up, a quick set of links to counter anti-vaccine claims. And a really interesting article talking about why the timing of vaccinations is what it is (and shouldn’t be delayed). [Disclaimer, I did wait on the Hep B vaccine at birth with DC2– but that was weighing the weird allergies I’d had during pregnancy against the fact that I’d only had one sexual partner and no blood transfusions … the hospital pedi kind of went, oh, you’re upper middle class, you’re probably low risk and there’s a chance your infant is allergic to stuff so you can wait until you see your real pedi. He didn’t really say the upper-middle class part, but I’m pretty sure he was thinking it as he mumbled something about me being low risk after asking about blood transfusions.]
So why do anti-vaxxers proselytize? Why don’t they vaccinate?
I used to be on mommy forums, including one that had a lot of people from LA and the OC. It seems to me that there’s two types of moms (on the forums) who refuse to vaccinate their kids (and of course, the dads are also responsible, but they weren’t on the forums!) The first type of anti-vaxxer is beyond help. These women get a feeling of power or privilege being the repositories of fake knowledge preaching at all the unbelievers. Not vaccinating is what makes them important. Only mandatory vaccinations will budge them, and even then… they might choose to unschool so they can keep their mental images of themselves. The other group of women are the more casual non-vaxxers. They are easily pushed one direction or another by what’s convenient, what’s popular, what the strong personalities are saying, what story they’ve heard most recently (someone getting a bad reaction from the vaccine vs. someone getting whooping cough), how easy it is to find a pediatrician who will delay or not do vaccines at all.
An anecdote from my early fora experiences: Say you’ve got women who don’t vaccinate their children because they’ve heard there’s mercury in the MMR vaccine. What works is to tell them to be sure to ask their doctor for the “Thimerosal-free vaccine.” What doesn’t work is to tell them that MMR has never had thimerosal in it in the US. What especially doesn’t work is to say that vaccines with thimerosal have so little mercury it doesn’t matter. What does work is to say that NOW there’s a version that doesn’t have thimerosal in it that they can request specifically from their doctor. (Ditto formaldehyde and all the other “toxins” that were never and have never been in the MMR vaccine in the US.)
Another thing that works for this group of women en masse is when Oprah makes a big deal out of something. She’s got a lot of people’s trust. Unfortunately, a lot of women don’t vaccinate their kids… because of Oprah.
Thought provoking article on why some white men are scared of political correctness. (But most of us know why already… this just uses more words to explain it.)
These are beautiful
Confused professor needs advice on resignation.
A second Harper Lee novel.
J. K. Rowling answers one of those tricky tumblr harry potter questions.
How to motivate yourself to do something.
“Every so often, I’ll hear about a friend or acquaintance whose marriage has collapsed because of infidelity. And every time, I ask my wife the same question: Where on earth do these people find the time to have affairs, anyway?”
On being a woman engineer.
How one woman dealt with harassment at work.
A man is making terrifying videos about Brianna Wu. It takes congressmen getting involved for the police to even listen.
Short and long-term consequences of teachers’ gender stereotypes on students.
An interesting point about the impact of computerized testing on high stakes testing.
Man brings bagged lunch to cut down on joy in life.
It’s surprisingly hard to find a recording I like of this song:
This one has a weird instrumental solo in the middle, but it keeps the beat going better than other versions (I originally learned it with a train sound underneath for the beat). And it’s a better arrangement chorally than the other major competitors (IMO).
This lovely video below has a subtle humor… stay with it…