Measles, Big Trucks, and Tuberculosis

This measles thing is scary. A few people living in your area decided in the past, the risk of vaccinating their children was too high. They performed a risk verses reward decision matrix. The risk of their children contracting a preventable diseases was lower in their estimation, than the risk of vaccination side effects happening to one of their children.

Where does that leave everyone else? If you drive a vehicle, you pay for insurance in case you have an accident. If you have money in a checking or savings account, you pay something to keep you money as safe as possible. Because you are reading this, you have passwords on your email, and social accounts.

In general people try to minimize the effects of a life changing event in their life. It is better to take a small risk than risk it all. People who have non vaccinated children feel they are in fact taking a small risk. They are really risking it all however.

Their children are not able to contract a little measles, a little polio, or a little other deadly preventable disease. Oddly enough these people are all around you. They are content to inconvenience you, put you at risk, even allow harm to come to you.

This is an all too common picture I took yesterday. An oversize truck in order to park as close to the door as possible, is partially in the handicapped parking spot. This handicapped spot is unusable to a handicapped driver. The truck is in its space on the driver side where the driver exits the truck.

You see these types of people in the fast lines in discount stores. They have an overflowing cart, and they are in the twenty items or less line ahead of you. The cashier is instructed not to turn them away. Money is money after all.

Do you go to the movies? You go early and pay your money to get the seat you want. Someone is sitting by the seat you want, all by themselves. They tell you they are holding the five seats around them and you can’t sit where you want. The held seats are not filled for another fifteen minutes.

Which brings me back to measles. In the early part of the last century tuberculosis killed almost three of every ten people. Tuberculosis was thought to be inherited as little was known of how disease was spread in those times. Some family members contracted tuberculosis while others did not. Tuberculosis was thought to be in the genes.

Tuberculosis was contained by two main methods. First sanitariums were created. Tens of thousands of people with tuberculosis where housed in what were essentially prisons which were kindly called sanitariums.

People with tuberculosis would be taken out of their homes and placed in one of these facilities until they were cured or more likely died. The second method of eradicating tuberculosis was a method of killing tuberculosis was finally discovered, modified, and used.

If only the cure for measles and disease where vaccinations are available were this easy. Separate out the non vaccinated and infected, and place them somewhere where only non vaccinated and infected people live. Then the only people they can harm is people such as themselves. The rest of us are too kind for this however, so we accept people will die because of other peoples indifference.This measles thing is scary. A few people living in your area decided in the past, the risk of vaccinating their children was too high. They performed a risk verses reward decision matrix. The risk of their children contracting a preventable diseases was lower in their estimation, than the risk of vaccination side effects happening to one of their children.

Where does that leave everyone else? If you drive a vehicle, you pay for insurance in case you have an accident. If you have money in a checking or savings account, you pay something to keep you money as safe as possible. Because you are reading this, you have passwords on your email, and social accounts.

In general people try to minimize the effects of a life changing event in their life. It is better to take a small risk than risk it all. People who have not vaccinated their children feel they are in fact taking a small risk. They are really risking it all however.

Their children are not able to contract a little measles, a little polio, or a little other deadly preventable disease. Oddly enough these people are all around you. They are content to inconvenience you, put you at risk, even allow harm to come to you.

This is an all too common picture I took yesterday. An oversize truck in order to park as close to the door as possible, is partially in the handicapped parking spot. This handicapped spot is unusable to a handicapped driver. The truck is in its space on the driver side where the driver exits the truck.

Unconcerned and uncaring. It's all about me.

Unconcerned and uncaring. It’s all about me.

You see these types of people in the fast lines in discount stores. They have an overflowing cart, and they are in the twenty items or less line ahead of you. The cashier is instructed not to turn them away. Money is money after all.

Do you go to the movies? You go early and pay your money to get the seat you want. Someone is sitting by the seat you want, all by themselves. They tell you they are holding the five seats around them and you can’t sit where you want. The held seats are not filled for another fifteen minutes.

Which brings me back to measles. In the early part of the last century tuberculosis killed almost three of every ten people. Tuberculosis was thought to be inherited as little was known of how disease was spread in those times. Some family members contracted tuberculosis while others did not. Tuberculosis was thought to be in the genes.

Tuberculosis was contained by two main methods. First sanitariums were created. Tens of thousands of people with tuberculosis where housed in what were essentially prisons which were kindly called sanitariums.

People with tuberculosis were taken out of their homes and placed in one of these facilities until they were cured or more likely died. The second method of eradicating tuberculosis was a method of killing tuberculosis was finally discovered, modified, and used.

If only the cure for measles and disease where vaccinations are available were this easy. Separate out the non vaccinated and infected people, and place them somewhere where only non vaccinated and infected people live. Then the only people they can harm is people such as themselves. The rest of us are too kind for this however, so we accept people will die because of other peoples indifference.