Petri dish for medical research
Petri dish for medical research

Why so many anti-vaxxers are total hypocrites

Someone break out the lavender oils. Hang up some more soothing magic crystals. The crazies are feeling delicate.

One of the myriad anti-vaxxer groups infesting social media has called for sensitivity from the press.

"Dear Media, Please retire the use of the term 'Anti-vaxxer.'," it asked.

"It is derogatory, inflammatory, and marginalises both women and their experiences. It is dismissively simplistic, highly offensive and largely false. We politely request that you refer to us as the Vaccine Risk Aware."

Dear pox-bubblers. Politely get stuffed.

Hurt feelings are nothing compared to the pain suffered by parents of children who die needlessly because of anti-vaxxer misinformation.

Vaccination rates are still too low in the Gold Coast and northern NSW. Picture: istock.
Vaccination rates are still too low in the Gold Coast and northern NSW. Picture: istock.

Sadly, that misinformation is being listened to by far too many people in the Gold Coast Hinterland and northern NSW, where vaccination rates are among the lowest in Australia - something that puts all our children at risk.

The rate of one-year-olds fully vaccinated in northern NSW in the 12 months to the end of September last year was the worst in the country at 89.62 per cent.

The Gold Coast was at 92.68 per cent. The Federal Government's target, needed to achieve herd immunity, is 95 per cent.

Many of the people responsible for peddling anti-vaccine myths are total hypocrites - as well as dangerously deluded.

There is voluminous scientific proof, by people with actual degrees, that vaccines and medicines developed by the pharmaceutical industry work.

In contrast, there is no hard scientific evidence that any stone age herb remedies, sorry 'alternative medicines', provide a useful substitute.

Dammit, I've actually seen some of these loons suggesting putting potatoes in socks to ward off flu symptoms.

But some of the very same people, here on the Gold Coast, who like to cast doubt on medical science simultaneously proclaim we must "accept the science" about climate change.

Well, you can't have it both ways. Either you accept the science or you don't.

You can't pick and choose to suit your agenda. The scientific consensus on both vaccines and climate change is overwhelming.

You either trust science or you don’t – you can’t only choose to suit your agenda. Picture: istock
You either trust science or you don’t – you can’t only choose to suit your agenda. Picture: istock

If you're a conservative who says science is wrong on climate change because you read something on Facebook but scoffs at anti-vaxxers, you're a hypocrite.

Ditto the forest-dwelling hippies who want to lecture conservatives on climate change but won't take the good advice of a doctor, you're a hypocrite too.

And if you're one of that rare and special breed that the science behind both vaccinations and climate change is faked, well, please get your head out of the chemtrails and rejoin us on planet earth.

Because down here, there are real problems - and only science can possibly solve them.

Some of the world's brightest minds are working furiously to develop a vaccine for the awful coronavirus as fast as possible.

Though one wonders if everyone would actually take it. The theory that the coronavirus was "man made" in a laboratory for the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry is disturbingly popular on anti-vaxxer forums.

Terrible nonsense to be spreading when people are suffering so much.

If you believe anything of the sort I'm sorry, derogatory and offensive as it might seem, the science is clear.

You're a nut.