WOMEN CAN BE SEXIST
MINORITIES CAN BE RACIST
GAYS/TRANS/ETC CAN BE IGNORANT
ATHEISTS CAN BE BIGOTED
YOU ARE NOT EXCUSED.
Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.
Worse, there are some people who can’t receive vaccinations, because they are immune deficient, or because they are allergic to some component. Those people depend upon herd immunity to protect them. People who choose not to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases are putting not only their own children at risk, but also other people’s children.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate
Dear parents, you are being lied to. (via disabilityhistory)
Spread this around, PLEASE. If you know someone who’s on the fence, or just outright antivax, give it to them. Much of the US is already below herd immunity requirements for measles, and some parts are susceptible to polio. If they balk, direct them to Michael Oldstone’s book, Viruses, Plagues, & History, for an accessible and accurate look at what these viruses do.
By the way, I’m still taking immunosuppressive drugs. I can’t even get near my mom today because she’s sick. How long do you think I’d last in an unvaccinated world? I’m one of the strongest ones. Vaccination refusal puts more than just a few at risk.