I gotta be honest, there’s a few things that have been bothering me to no end and my husband says I should get it off my chest and blog about it. I’m normally terrified of stirring up controversy on here, but seriously, I’ve had enough.
Two things on my mind: Facebook and Vaccines
1. Facebook changes. I had this conversation with my bff about the latest Facebook change hoopla:
Also, guys, Facebook is a FREE service. Free means they can do whatever the hell they want. If you are going to complain, then maybe it’s time to consider closing your account because that is the only way to show Zuckerberg and company that you won’t abide with the new Facebook. If enough people close their accounts then they’ll have to change it back, but complaining without doing anything just means more publicity for them. Also, between you and me, besides the top stories thing, I love the new Facebook. Makes creepin’ way easier!
What’d you think? Am I being too harsh?
2. Vaccines. You’ve probably noticed that I’m pregnant (I know, way to drop a huge bomb on you guys!) and vaccines come up constantly on the forums (yes, I know, I really need to stop reading these things. It’s like they banished all the stupid people to one place on the internet). Anyways, I’m sort of horrified at the number of ignorant people who announce loudly that vaccines are evil autism bringers that will kill us all. Telling me that Jenny McCarthy says vaccines cause autism (they don’t, I’ve read the original study which has been retracted and led to legal charges for one of the investigators) makes me want to tell you to stop spreading your ignorance all over the internet. The autism study was, after all, conducted on only twelve children whose parents were already intending to sue the vaccine company. The data was totally biased and insufficient and has never been replicated in larger more thorough studies. And if you are worried about mercury, thimerisol has mostly been removed or decreased well below safe limites in vaccines
Vaccines save lives. It’s harder for our generation to understand how significant and important vaccines are because they have all but eradicated the horrible illnesses our parents and grandparents remember. You know, back in the days when it was necessary to have a few spare children because they weren’t all going to survive to adulthood.
And now, thanks to idiot celebrities and pseudoscience, polio and the measles are reemerging at somewhat terrifying rates. I mean, I guess it won’t be my problem since my kids will be vaccinated, but what about that period of time before they are old enough? Or if my child has an allergy to the vaccine? If the whole herd is vaccinated then my child probably won’t be exposed to the disease, but since only some of the herd is vaccinated my child is much more exposed.
And yes, son or daughter, we are planning to vaccinate against HPV. I got Gardasil and husband would have as well if it had been approved in men before he got too old. Yes, I’m married and I was when I got Gardasil, but I don’t know what could happen to either of us in the future, so why take a chance? And how the hell does that tell my child to go have sex? There’s still chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV, and other forms of HPV among others. If those don’t deter my child from having promiscuous sex, then well, I doubt HPV would have either.
Oh, and I will be getting the flu shot this year. I get it every year (I’m asthmatic) as does my husband (to protect me as much as anything) and it has not been linked to any ill effects in pregnancy. The flu, however, can be quite fatal in pregnancy.
To clarify, I am not a physician. I am, however, finishing a PhD in Biomedicine, which included coursework on vaccinology and immunology. I can’t tell you what is right for your child or family, but I can tell you what the science says.
I’m leaving the comments open, perhaps against my better judgement. If things get nasty or disrespectful (which I certainly don’t expect from my regulars) then I’ll close them. And look, cute puppies! Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s almost time for my morning barf session.