Saturday, October 25, 2008

SNL Weekend Update

Excerpt from Thursday's special episode:

"And a new trend is developing across the nation. More and more parents are homeschooling kids to avoid the required vaccinations for their children. This is leading to another trend -- dying of polio."

12 comments:

Murdoc said...

I'll keep my eyes open for the news stories of polio related deaths...

RandomSue said...

Plucky and I saw the same story on the news tonight.

Trista said...

huge trend...2, 4? Thanks for the blog. another huge trend, new diseases produced from too many antibiotics and vaccines and another trend.... vaccinating against diseases that don't exist or arent fatal or caused by issues better decided by moral values. It's a good thing your kids are all vaccintaed. You should feel good that your kids are safe from such evils.

Hillary said...

I saw this as I was watching SNL last night! I was suprised but glad this topic made it onto the show. Visit www.vaccinateyourbaby.org for more facts on the safety of vaccinations and the reasons why we SHOULD vaccinate our children.

RandomSue said...

OK, I will stop being silly. I am amazed at how emotional people are about this. I believe we need to take this vaccination thing serious because we have so many people crossing over our borders every day that have not been vaccinated.

As far as Trist's comment goes, I have definitly heard that over use of antibiotics is causing superinfenctions but I have never heard of vaccinations causing the such. It there are actual studies on this, I would love to know.

digapigmy said...

all you need to do is look at what happened when nigerian parents began to deny polio vaccines back in 2003 for similar reasons.

granted we have no immediate neighbors where polio hasn't been eradicated, but the world is getting smaller due to ease of travel and you never know where your kids will go or what they will do when they grow up.

there are no vaccinations given for diseases that have been eradicated around the world.

vaccinations are not 100% safe - nor is not vaccinating. you are making a decision based on probability. there is not necessarily a right answer, only a mathematically more satisfying answer as to what you should do.

Eugene said...

Wow, guys. Vaccinations may not be perfect but they really do work - ask anyone who got smallpox. Oh wait, you can't, the disease doesn't exist anymore. Thanks to vaccinations. They are kind of like parachutes, you don't miss them until you really need them and by then its too late.

Honestly, I live in the 3rd world and sometimes I just want to give all you Americans a big hug! Who hurt you like this? You guys have been living in a climate of fear for far too long I think and you are starting to act like a nation of abused children. Someone should hug you and tell you that things are going to be OK! Its like you guys are constantly expecting the absolute worst to happen any day now, all the time!!

There is a time for making informed decisions and a time for switching off Oprah and listening to some Bob Marley.

Yet for the record I don't think there is ever a time for listening to Jenny McCarthy and her "angry mob"

Hillary said...

Jenny McCarthy is pro vaccinations. Her battle cry is not quit vaccinating. She would like the schedule of when and how they are administered to be spread further apart which I think is valid and should be researched further. I still stand by my moral convictions that we should vaccinate our children.

laura said...

I won't enter these battles:) But, I sure do love to read them!

Jeni said...

Wow, way to go, SNL-- sparking a commenting frenzy on diga's blog.

Trista said...

And I, my friends, will just keep fueling the fire. I've been researching more, more to come.

digapigmy said...

that would be good, i suppose, since the only thing that resembles research that has been presented was the website ben found (and that might have been communicated privately) and my allusion to the nigeria outbreak caused by parents refusing vaccinations.