I am sick to fucking death of hearing about the MMR jab. Rhetorically Speaking points out that Peter Hitchens, after admitting that he knows fuck all about it, should shut the fuck up.
Dr Crippen has also gone on about how the MMR scare was a total fraud and that Dr Andrew Wakefield is the most evil man alive.
The reality is very simple: concerns were raised over the safety of the MMR jab—those concerns were not beyond the realms of possibility.
The government said that there was no problem but—and here is the fucking crux of the matter—no one trusts the fucking government on health issues (remember Gummer feeding a beef burger to his daughter?).*
And few people trust doctors either, since their representative bodies have been peddling lie after lie after lie, and still the so-called "decent ones" pay their dues to their disgusting, authortarian trade unions.
What should have happened is that the government should have authorised the single jabs: this would have been more expensive but would have avoided the sharp increase in measles rates (costing the NHS more in the long-term). The government expressly refused to pay for this course of action.
Given that the government did not allow single jabs, what should have happened is that the doctors who were so concerned about immunisation rates should have lobbied the government to allow the single jabs.
They did not do so, because the only thing that doctors' representative bodies are interested in is curtailing our freedoms as regards drink, drugs and cigarettes and they were too busy doing this to give two shits about important things such as herd immunity. Because they are all absolute stinking cunts.
So, might I highly recommend that everyone just shut the fuck up and get on trying to immunise as many kids as possible? Thank you.
* It's worth pointing out that BSE (and TSEs in general) is another area where consensus is fucking everything up. Huge amounts of money are still being poured into the investigation into prions as transmissive agents when, in fact, the transmissive agent is clearly a fucking virus. Laura Manuelidis' research, however, is being starved of cash in favour of a theory that not only makes cock-all sense but which has not been proven in over twenty years of experimentation.
Because, unfortunately, most scientists, researchers and politicians are colossal wankers with about as much concern for society (rather than, for instance, their own research budgets) as AIDS**, i.e. they need people to fuck each other to survive. I don't blame them for that but, like Fake Charities, everyone seems to think that these people are somehow immune from self-interest.
** I have ranted about this before, but it really pisses me off when I see AIDS written as Aids—especially when, in the same article, HIV is entirely capitalised. AIDS is an acronym, you wankers: it stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.