Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
This article started out depressing and ended up alarming. Here a parent talks about how he has not sought medical care, screening or otherwise, except for one ER visit, for his three chirdren:
His children — 6 months old, 8 and 12 — were all born at home. Aside from one visit to an emergency room for a bruised finger, none of them has ever been to a doctor, and they’re all healthy, he says, except for the occasional sore throat or common cold.
Wait, you have three kids, aged 6 months to 12 years, and there has only been one medical visit between all three? No health screenings? Nothing? Wow.
“It’s much more soothing to trust emergency medicine than a vaccine, which for me is like playing Russian roulette,” he says.
Saying the quote points to someone detached from reality is an understatement. At this point in my public health career I have never, ever, ever, ever heard someone say that acute emergency care was preferable to preventive care.