Great big spiders:
Poisonous little spiders:
Skeletons behind bars:
The Entire Human Race being forced to live underground because some horrible disease is killing everyone on the surface of the planet:
And… Vaccines. Because they can cause autism.
Okay, No, I am not afraid of ANY of these things, but I wanted to post some cool pictures before I go on to write about a serious topic. Vaccines. Which apparently, scare some people so much that they refuse to give their kids the gift of preventing some pretty horrible diseases.
A million years ago I taught Sunday School. (That will throw some of my friends for a loop, but there you go…) There were two teachers assigned to each class, and the one I worked with in the first of my two years was a lovely older woman whom I will call Miss Theresa. Miss Theresa and I were talking about a child who had severe autism one day, and this is what she said:
“Jane reminds me of myself, and of how lucky I am. You see, when I was a kid, I was rather like that. My poor mother could not reach me, I was living in my own shell.
I had polio as a kid, and it left me unable to talk, unable to reason. But I was lucky – a doctor who chose not to give up treated me with arsenic, and somehow, they were able to reverse some of the damage. But to this day, it has caused side effects, including the skin issues I suffer from. Still, I’m lucky, because they were able to pull me out of it.”
Now, I have NO IDEA what exactly Miss Theresa went through. I don’t know how her brain was affected, don’t know what exactly the doctor used to treat her. She had skin cancer at the time, and she passed away within the year (she was in her eighties, I believe) so I can’t exactly go back and ask her any of it.
What I DO know is that Miss Theresa was a staunch advocate for vaccinating children, because she did know firsthand how horrible it was to suffer from some of the diseases that have been kept at bay by vaccinations.
Weigh the facts rather than personal anecdotes, though… Children do die from the measles. They also suffer from severe effects that can last their lifetime. The only medical study that was ever able to link vaccines to autism has since been debunked, and the man who “doctored” that study had his license revoked, because it has been proven that he rigged it.
Do we really want polio to make a come-back? Are you really willing to watch your kid be put in an iron lung machine, or unable to walk? NOT just your child is affected. There are children who are currently protected by heard immunity who can NOT be given some of these vaccines, either because they are too young, or they have life-threatening allergies that make it impossible for them to be given the vaccine… and some times, for some people, the vaccines don’t work. That’s why it is important for everyone who CAN safely receive vaccines to do so.
So quit being afraid of the invisible Bogey Man who lives inside that little needle, do your research, and make an informed decision based on facts.