Skeptics in the Pub the Gintrap 64 Quay West Ahuriri Thursday 31st May 7pm

Next Skeptics in the Pub the Gintrap 64 Quay West Ahuriri Thursday 31st May 7pm (seperate Function Room for the Group)

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Hi
I thought this might make an interesting topic. Thanks Wendy. This whole anti-vaccination movement frustruates me no end. Not only does the anti-vaccination position deny science and put others at risk (notably children) it smacks of the logical fallacy argument from Personal Incredulity (I can't explain it I haven't seen it so it can't be true). It worries me that in one or two generations because some (mainly middle class people) have no personal experience of these infectious diseases they defer to their own (lack of) experience or half baked nonsense from anti-vaxers rather than science.

"John Talarico, the chief of immunisation in California’s public-health department, says that vaccination rates will probably keep dropping in some demographic groups for a while longer. The root problem is that today’s parents are the first in history with no memory of the maiming and killing caused by polio, tetanus, diphtheria or measles. At some point an epidemic will remind them."

What is to be done? Can we do anything to save people from their own stupidity? How important is this issue in NZ? Do you have personal experience of the issue and of people's attitude? How do we get people back in touch with the real world?

http://www.economist.com/node/21554252

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