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My First Rude Comment!

I’ve been waiting and the day has finally arrived!  I got a rude comment on my post about Herd Immunity.  I always wondered what I’d do when I got one.  Delete it?  Respond?  I’ve decided to make a whole post out of it!  So let’s dissect this gem.

Here’s the comment:

Anonymous said…

you’re an idiot. tetanus is not contagious (communicable) and therefore doesn’t fall under category of vaccinations that would confer herd immunity so that renders your argument invalid. you get vaccinated against tetanus to prevent from uhhh getting tetanus? tetanus occurs almost exclusively in individuals who aren’t vaccinated against it or are inadequately immunized and so it’s totally preventable. the figure 2.1% that you cited—probably such a low figure given that tetanus vaccination requires a booster every 10 years for one to be considered immunized. not immunizing your child is truly a selfish act and you are doing your child and our community a disservice. try to educate yourself a bit more hun.

First why is it always that people who spout rude things do it anonymously?  Wow, coward much?  Clearly not interested in a true debate of the issue.  Hiding behind anonymity.

you’re an idiot.

Wow, inspired.

tetanus is not contagious (communicable) and therefore doesn’t fall under category of vaccinations that would confer herd immunity so that renders your argument invalid. you get vaccinated against tetanus to prevent from uhhh getting tetanus?

True, tetanus is not contagious.  As I discussed previously , tetanus is bacterium found in soil that can release a toxin in deep wounds.  Anonymous is also right that tetanus can not confer herd immunity.  However, in my post I never even mention tetanus in my discussion of herd immunity.  I guess Anonymous didn’t read the post or is unaware that DTaP does not just have tetanus in it?

tetanus occurs almost exclusively in individuals who aren’t vaccinated against it or are inadequately immunized and so it’s totally preventable. the figure 2.1% that you cited—probably such a low figure given that tetanus vaccination requires a booster every 10 years for one to be considered immunized.

This is also true considering that tetanus is most prevalent in developing countries without access to the vaccine.  Once again, since my post was not discussing tetanus the figure 2.1% which I cited from the CDC was most relevant with respect to Pertussis and Diptheria – which are communicable.

not immunizing your child is truly a selfish act and you are doing your child and our community a disservice.

 I can’t really argue with the fist half of this statement.  Parenting is selfish.  I will gladly admit that I think the best interest of my child is paramount.  But, I love that last part that I’m doing a disservice to my community.  Um, did they just say that tetanus is NOT communicable?  So, how could I possibly be hurting the community?  The logic just completely fails here.

Also, as mentioned previously, according to the CDC there have been 2 cases of tetanus in children under 5 since 1989.  I’m taking such a huge risk!  Honestly, the T in DTaP is almost irrelevant to the discussion of childhood vaccination (hence the fact that my post was not about tetanus at all).

try to educate yourself a bit more hun.

Oooo, we’re lovers now, hun.  I think I’ll pass on taking pedagological advice from someone who couldn’t see past the “T” in DTaP.

Anonymous, thank you for further reinforcing my conviction about the vaccine culture we live in.  Feel free to go about your business, which I can only assume is watching Fox News all day.

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5 Comments

  1. That sound like a challenge Anonymous.

  2. Yup, welcome to the world of ignorance, fear, and unquestioning acceptance of authority. What gets me, besides the level of misinformation out there, is the deep, visceral, vicious reactions some folks have to non-vaxers, almost like, “How DARE you question vaccines?” It’s almost like someone is attacking their religious beliefs…I have no problem calmly and rationally discussing the vaccine issue with people who are open to a fair exchange of views on both sides…I recently debated the pertussis vax for weeks with someone online and we both just finally agreed to disagree and move on…but seriously, name calling, threats, lashing out in anger (I’ve had all of these online when presenting research that questions vaxes)…this doesn’t help anyone evaluate the topic and issues involved. And it just shows how petty and small-minded (or is that close-minded) people who use these tactics are.

  3. Samantha @ Mama Notes

    September 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Oh I love those anonymous rude comments, I’ve gotten a few of those before! Usually I just ignore them or reply with a wity or sarcastic comment. 🙂 By the way, I LOVE your new blog look!

  4. I agree with you J. It is frightening to me that vaccines are a sacred cow in this country. When something is taken on blind faith then we aren’t even open to possibilities and that’s the scariest thing.

  5. Reluctant Housewife

    September 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    It really bugs me when people leave rude comments anonymously. Honestly, have the guts to stand behind your words or just shut up already. Yeesh.

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