World Immunization Week… Come on, drink the Kool-Aid!

Every year, the World Health Organization celebrates something called “World Immunization Week.” This year the week is observed on April 24-30. According to the WHO, the “aim” is to “raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life.” First of all, the word “immunization” is a misnomer. Immunization implies full immunity, and that is never achieved through vaccination. One can only become immune to a disease by actually getting the disease itself. Yeah, and I know.. it’s a drag. But that’s the way things were designed. Sorry ’bout that. Secondly, the week is more than just raising “awareness,” it is about shamelessly spreading propaganda to encourage unknowing people to drink the Kool-Aid. Awareness implies education. There is no real education going on here, just regurgitation of silly slogans, clichés, and platitudes. In short, lots of superficial untruths. Oh yes, and of course the week wouldn’t be complete without the constant and familiar put downs of anyone who opts out of the injection festivities and prefers to spit out the Kool-Aid. (God, do I hate Kool-Aid.)

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