It takes just one person to crash a party, and that’s exactly what happened in December at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., when a measles outbreak began. Since then, the cat has gotten (very far) out of the bag in terms of vaccination and what parents aren’t doing to protect their children.
The Strange Denial of Vaccination
Although there are a slew of parents who seem to be on board with not vaccinating their children, it seems that many of them are still reluctant to own up to their decision — but why? The most obvious reason is due to the fact that claims against general vaccination are overwhelmingly unsupported by raw science.
But as noted in the beginning of this article, it only takes one to ruin a party.
In this case, that one may be the 1998 paper published in The Lancet that pointed to a supposed link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Although the findings of the paper were ultimately dismissed about 15 years later, no one is talking about this reveal. Instead, the initial findings are still burning in their minds, rendering doubt over the safety of vaccines.
As humans strive to look out for themselves, it’s only natural for them to do the same for their beloved pets. Is it any wonder that they are now applying the same mentality to their animals, regardless of the lack of science behind the move?
Before you answer that question, take a walk over to your local pet store. Examine the food, prepared to model the perfect picture of health (and in some cases, refrigerated to exhibit its freshness). Look at the pet beds composed of microfiber and stain-resistant material. Take a peek at the dog clothing, arranged in hangers for optimal viewing.
So is it any wonder?
- Khamsi, Roxanne. “Is the Anti-Vaccination Movement Spreading to Pet Owners?,” Feb 4, 2015. New York Magazine.
- Montague, Jules. “We Should Listen to Roald Rahl, not Jenny McCarthy, on Vaccinating Our Children.” Feb. 10, 2015. The Guardian.
- Whitcomb, Dan. “California Warns Against Intentional Measles Exposures,” Feb. 10, 2015. Reuters.