Anti-vaxxers must be ‘snuffed out’

“Still, there was an opinion published recently in Scientific American that I found particularly annoying. It’s titled “Will an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health?” and was written by pediatrician Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

One of the aims of the opinion piece is to tout the gains made vaccination programs throughout history, while cautioning that these “gains can be fragile.”

The primary aim of the article, however, is clearly to warn about the dangers posed to those gains by people who do not get every government endorsed vaccine or decline to one or more of them to their children. Dr. Hotez cites a report by Daniel Salmon at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Vaccine Safety and Saad Omer at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health claiming that most of the measles cases in the United States in 2015 can be blamed on “intentionally unvaccinated” people.

The purpose of this exercise in fear-mongering by Dr. Hotez appears to be to create a convenient scapegoat for any infectious disease outbreak that occurs and, thereby, add weight to calls for forced vaccination campaigns in the U.S.

Dr. Hotez closed his opinion by saying:

An American antivaccine movement is building and we need to take steps now to snuff it out.

But what exactly does he mean by this. Does he mean that anyone who questions the safety and effectiveness of vaccines or refuses a vaccine should be penalized in some way? Is he suggesting prison time? Certainly, he is not suggesting some sort of government sponsored capital punishment?”

― Marco Cáceres, The Vaccine Reaction

Note: The above text is excerpted is from the article “Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement”.


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