Deakin Communicating Science 2016

EES 200/101

The last attempt at convincing you

If the previous two blog posts haven’t been enough to convince you about the dangers of believing the craze that is anti vaccination, then maybe you need some cold hard proof.

There are hundreds of cases of children dying at the hands of their parents who think by not allowing them to have their proper vaccination that they are in fact protecting them. They pop up as headline news stories on the 6pm news and bring about opinion pieces and letters in the newspapers about the dangers and safety of vaccinations. We debate about it for a few weeks, hold memorial services for the poor children involved, government agencies try to introduce new legislation regarding forcing parents into vaccinations and then some other news story comes along that’s more exciting and we move on, until the next death. It’s a vicious cycle and one of the main reasons why we need to change the anti vaxxers mentality, so that on our 6pm news we don’t see the cute face of a 3 year old girl dressed in a fairy outfit who has just suffered a painful and preventable death. Some of these tragedies may even go unreported if they come from small towns or causes of death are listed as natural. There a hundreds of stories I could tell you to convince you but the one that I think is going to make my point properly is about a Canadian toddler from meningitis as a result of his anti vaxxer parents. I think this story is the hardest hitting, simply because of the pure ridiculousness of it.

This 19-month year old came down with meningitis causing him severe pain and sickness. His parents refused to take him to a doctor to seek treatment despite a friend of theirs, who was a nurse, warning them of the dangers of not seeking aid for this disease. Rather than allowing him to be treated with the medicine, which would make him better almost immediately, they instead used their own home remedies. I honestly think these are the most ridiculous sounding home remedies I have ever heard of, and the fact that they used these instead of preventing their sons death makes it all the worse. These parents used olive leaf extract, whey powder, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup in water. I don’t know about you, but to me, maple syrup is only meant to go on my pancakes, not be used as a cure to meningitis. Not only did these parents let this boy suffer in pain for days on end while the disease ravaged his body, but it was only when he stopped breather that they decided to take him to a hospital. By then it was too late for doctors to do anything to save the poor boy and he died in doctors arms.

These parents are now facing prison time due to their poor decisions. It was ruled by a coroner that the boy died from bacterial meningitis and empyema, two conditions that are so easily cured with antibiotics. Imagine that feeling. Knowing you could have saved your only son if you had just made the right decision…..

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References:

Miller, M. (2016). A toddler got meningitis. His anti-vac parents gave him an herbal remedy. The toddler died. Now his parents are on trial.. [online] Washington Post. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/18/a-toddler-got-meningitis-his-anti-vac-parents-gave-him-an-herbal-remedy-the-toddler-died-now-his-parents-are-on-trial/ [Accessed 7 May 2016].

NewsComAu. (2016). Anti-vaxxers treated tot with maple syrup. [online] Available at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/babies/toddler-dies-after-canadian-antivaxxer-parents-treat-son-with-home-remedies-maple-syrup-ginger-root/news-story/f2d4813ff00d5b2a910d9b8a7aa2cabf [Accessed 7 May 2016].

The Sydney Morning Herald. (2016). Couple ‘treated son with maple syrup and home remedies’ before he died of meningitis. [online] Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/couple-treated-son-with-maple-syrup-and-home-remedies-before-he-died-of-meningitis-20160308-gne3mq.html [Accessed 7 May 2016].

VICE News. (2016). These Anti-Vaccination Parents Are on Trial for Their Son’s Death | VICE News. [online] Available at: https://news.vice.com/article/these-anti-vaccination-parents-are-on-trial-for-their-sons-death [Accessed 7 May 2016].

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One comment on “The last attempt at convincing you

  1. ljborley
    May 8, 2016

    I like the use of anecdotal evidence, really helps drive the point home I think. I would say that you may want to rethink your title, while it does relate strongly to the piece, in that it is persuasive, it doesn’t give any indication that the blog is about anti-vaxxers, which may reduce the audience the blog receives. While its also great that you included to reference list to back you claims, you may also want to include some hyperlinked text to provide further reading and strengthen the blog.

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