A small, yet growing faction of willfully ignorant, science-deniers armed only with a discredited 1998 study that was packed full of so much bullsh*t that the doctor who wrote it, Andrew Wakefield, was stripped of his medical license, is electing not to vaccinate their children because they believe the inoculations cause autism.
Already we have seen the impact of the anti-vaccination crowd. Like resurfacing clothing trends, pockets of the population that choose paranoia over their children’s health have “brought back” illnesses thought wiped out in the United States — like measles and whooping cough.
Support for unabashed stupidity seems to be slipping, as a CNN/ORC poll reveals that 8 of 10 Americans believe parents should be required to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases like measles, polio, and pertussis. Most also agree that children who have not been properly vaccinated should not be able to attend public school or day care.
The poll, conducted between February 12 and 15, found that 78 percent of respondents feel parents should be required to vaccinate their precious little snowflakes against preventable diseases if there is not a medical reason for the child not to receive inoculations. Only 22 percent disagreed.
Unfortunately, support for mandatory vaccinations dwindles with youth. Older Americans, those over 50, support compulsory vaccines while only 72 percent of those under 50 feel the same. Parents with children under 18 are squeamish about vaccines — only 70 percent feel vaccines should be required.
Almost 6 in 10 Americans believe that children should not be allowed to attend day care (61 percent) and public schools (58 percent). But, mandatory vaccinations in private schools, which already serve as a haven for those who do not properly consider their children’s health, still has little support from Americans. Only 48 percent say children should be barred from attendance at private schools if they are not vaccinated.
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