I saw two cases of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis, the worst sequela of measles, when I was in medical school. I won't forget either the disease or the two patients who suffered and died of it. I believe strongly in vaccination for the prevention of diseases that are otherwise untreatable and devastating. And the whole anti-vaccination movement literally makes me foam at the mouth ("Neurondoc, do you have rabies?").
I now have a new hero: The Amateur Scientist. I have a total and unabiding hatred of the crap that Jenny McCarthy spews in her quest to rid the world of vaccinations, all because she believes the disproven (time and again) theory that vaccines (or mercury or thimerasol or too many vaccines in too short a time or ...) cause autism. Because of the anti-vaccination movement, people are dying, formerly sporadic diseases are becoming endemic, and we may be losing our herd immunity. So here is a musical thanks to Jenny from her friends Measles, Mumps and Rubella...
H/T to Janiece, my current girl crush
update 5/16, 5:20 pm
See it's true!
Which Horrible Affliction are you?
A Rum and Monkey disease.