Technically, there’s more than one “real” reason
For those of you who haven’t seen enough of my opinions about vaccinations, good news! I have more to say about them.
More specifically, a little while ago I wrote a piece about how refusing to vaccinate their kids undermines the relationship that parents might hope to build with their pediatricians, and the nice people at The Daily Beast thought it was worth publishing.
If there is an issue more controversial and fraught with anger and frustration for pediatricians than the question of vaccine safety, I can’t think of it.
Few topics are more apt to send my blood pressure skyrocketing than this. When the United Kingdom looks like sub-Saharan Africa in terms of wholly preventable disease outbreaks, something has gone terribly, tragically wrong.
No contemporary phenomenon confounds and confuses me more than seemingly sensible people turning down one of the most unambiguously helpful interventions in the history of modern medicine.
Yet they do.
Needless to say, I rather tickled that it’s up, and I hope you might indulge me by clicking through and reading it. For many of my esteemed co-bloggers, getting published is old hat by now, but this is a first for me. (Many thanks to Tod for the first read and encouragement, my friend Dan for helping me edit and pitch it the first time round, and especially to Conor for very, very patiently bearing with me as I pitched it again.)
Speaking of the estimable Dr. Williams, I will be doing my best impression of him and ignoring the comments over at Daily Beast. However, since this is the one place in the Internet with comments worth reading, if you have any thoughts about the content of the piece, feel free to share them with me here.