The ultimate sports trivia question is, “Who won the 1919 Stanley Cup?” That’s because the answer is “no one,” and the reason is that was the year the series was cancelled due to an influenza pandemic that confined most of the Montreal Canadians and their general manager to their beds.
Even more tragic, some in positions of authority who should know better are allowing this nonsense to occur, like the family law arbitrator in Ontario who upheld a mother’s refusal to have her children vaccinated, as chronicled in a recent National Post story.
Meanwhile, New York County has declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak, and is seeking to ban unvaccinated individuals from public places. And in January, Clark County in Washington State also declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak.
I could go on.
The fact is, anti-vaccination madness is being perpetrated out of sheer ignorance and preposterous conspiracy theories. This propaganda is further fuelled by the Internet, which can be a fountain of misinformation as easily as it can be a tool of enlightenment.
And if the anti-vaccination trend continues unabated, one wonders what other diseases will make a comeback?