The press loves to criticize the Deep South. We in Alabama have many health problems. But we are number 3 in the country for vaccinations!
I do not have personal experience with the anti-vaxxers. My colleagues in other states tell me that many of these fools are well-educated. Obviously they are anti-science. I believe that many such vaccine deniers believe that diet and supplements will trump modern medicine.
The striking rise in measles is directly attributable to this ignorant selfishness. I am having difficulty explaining how angry this makes me. We had virtually eliminated this childhood illness until this cult of ignorance convinced others that vaccines put kids a danger. They are wrong and children are suffering from their pseudoscience.
db is the nickname for Robert M. Centor, MD, FACP. db stands both for Dr. Bob and da boss. He is an academic general internist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and is the Regional Associate Dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of UASOM. He still makes inpatient rounds over 100 days each year. This post originally appeared at his blog, db's Medical Rants.