Thank you, CBS!
Well, tonight they aired a very well-balanced and honest investigation of the growing tendency of Americans to refuse to immunize their children in the mistaken belief that vaccines are dangerous. Among other things, this story forces us all to confront the fact that Americans are losing faith in science, and falling prey to foolish beliefs that are placing us all at risk:
"I don’t trust these doctors. I don’t trust a lot of the medical field," says Debra Alvo, one of a group of mothers who don't like the idea of vaccinations. Her 2-year-old son has never gotten any shots.
"I don’t mind if he gets measles. I don’t think it’s a killer disease as they’re touting it to be. No, I feel like my son Julian has a really strong constitution, and if he got something, you know, I would deal with it then."
During the country’s last big measles outbreak, in 1989, 55,000 got the disease and 123 died. That’s one out of every 500 cases.
Arlen Boltax is expecting her third child any week now. She fears any vaccines could permanently disable her baby.
"I usually don’t say much [when scientists tell her that vaccines are safe and effective] because it’s, you know, they have their perspective and that’s the training that they receive from their medical school," says Boltax. "I’m not a scientist. I’m not a doctor. I just feel that I’m doing what’s best for my children."
Thank you, CBS, for finally balancing out your previous lousy coverage with something on the necessity of vaccines. Check out the transcript and see for yourself.
Now, if only we could make sure more people see it... anyone willing to help with that?