Science Plus Fiction? Still Fiction!

With more and more people beginning to question the science behind vaccines, it seems as though the authorities in charge of public health are becoming more and more desperate in their attempts to fight back. Just a couple of weeks ago, Petula Dworak at the Washington Post wrote a column arguing that parents who are concerned about vaccine safety are basically idiots who don’t realize the dangers of the diseases that vaccines may prevent. These “Google-educated worriers” send their children to school, where they infect other unlucky children whose parents had the foresight to vaccinate them.

How these poor vaccinated children get diseases which they should in theory be immune to is not explained. Ms. Dvorak is much more focused on explaining to us that parents who do not vaccinate are the dupes of people like Jenny McCarthy, drawn to a beautiful blonde spokeswoman in sheer defiance of all the science behind vaccines. All the CDC needs to fight back is “CDC Barbie” – someone to make vaccines seem sexy and appealing to those benighted idiots who rely on looks rather than science when making decisions for their children’s future.

Actually addressing vaccine safety concerns would cut into Big Pharma profits. This cannot be, so the authorities have focused instead, as in the column by Ms. Dworak, on portraying the parents pressing for greater oversight of vaccine production as fearful idiots. And now, they have gone one step further. Thanks to a new California law allowing pre-teens to be vaccinated without their parents’ informed consent, the California Department of Public Health is now focusing on marketing vaccines to children as young as eleven. One might think that playing on children’s fear of death is sinking pretty low for a healthcare professional, but California clearly doesn’t think so: this year, they have developed a new film designed to do precisely that. In the words of the American Public Health Association, which is featuring the film at its annual meeting this week:

Based on focus-group testing with 11-and 12-year-olds, the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch produced an educational video, entitled, “One Shot Heroes.” The video, aimed at preteens, is intended to raise awareness about the importance of immunizations. The story opens up with a teenage girl recently diagnosed with meningitis. As the teen weakens, her friends become desperate to find a cure and reach out to a local zany scientist. While the scientist cannot develop a cure, the teens discover that he has a tool that may save her life: a time machine. After some persuasion, the scientist agrees to help the teens travel back in time to convince the dying girl’s parents to get her vaccinated while she is eleven years old. After returning from their wild adventure, the friends find that their friend is alive and well. The video will become available on YouTube, and an associated lesson plan will be provided to middle schools.

You can see the trailer here. It’s apparent that the movie features vaccines as magical cure-alls without which people die. It’s really a beautiful work of science fiction, but that’s all it is.

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