Smarten the Fuck Up, Alberta
People have got complacent, because most of the childhood diseases we still deal with don’t make you very sick. Pertussis is not one of those...It’s an absolutely terrifying disease for the families of the children who have it. With pertussis, the cough is so violent, that children can break their ribs. The coughing fits are so extreme, children can’t get enough oxygen. They turn blue. They have seizures. They stop breathing. Death is not an uncommon result. (from here)Southern Alberta is having a whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak, and by "outbreak", I mean that there have been 42 cases in the last few months (where there were only 18 cases in the entirety of 2011).
Hm, why is that? Vaccination rates have fallen steadily from 80% of children (barely enough to maintain herd immunity) in 2007, to 73% in 2010 - and only 67-62% in other areas of Alberta. Come the fuck on.
Get your kids vaccinated and if you're an adult, get a booster. Vaccines are one of, if not the greatest (and safest) public health tools ever devised. You can argue with me, but you'd be wrong because you'd be arguing against a mountain of evidence that puts Everest to shame. You've got a mouse penis and you're comparing it to Peter North. You lose.
So you can be on the anti-vaccine side of the coin if you like; by that I mean, "if you like to kill babies with your ignorance", which is what's happening. Get your heads out of your asses and stop being idiots. Stop being parties to babies dying needlessly. You're better than that.