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Don't Complain About The Measles Outbreak If You Don't Vaccinate Your Kids

Anti-vax? More like anti-facts.


Unless you get all your news from a 16th-century town courier, you've probably heard that measles are making a comeback in the state of Washington. Measles, a disease that was completely eradicated in the United States in 2000, is now making a comeback, and it seems like the anti-vaccination (anti-vax) movement is the root of the problem.

The anti-vax movement has existed since the first vaccination, but it became huge in the 90s with Andrew Wakefield stating that vaccines are linked to autism. Parents across the world latched onto this claim and started turning their children away from modern medicine.

The doctor was proven wrong and subsequently lost his medical license, but the movement hasn't completely died down. There are plenty of skeptics today that still believe vaccines will give their kids autism.

To those, I have one question: even if vaccines did cause autism (and they don't), how would having a child on the autistic spectrum be worse than having that child die of preventable disease? People on the autism spectrum are not somehow lesser just because they might be different than the neurotypical person. Being anti-vax, for this reason, makes it seem like you base the value of your child on their ability rather than their personality or what they bring to your life.

Many people are also opposed to vaccines because they don't understand how it works. Don't worry, vaccines weren't created with the intention to harm anyone; vaccines were created to protect us.

Basically, each vaccine contains an immunogen, usually a deadened strain of the virus of interest. It can't hurt you (unless you are legitimately allergic, which is a different story) by being inside your body. In fact, your body responds to them and builds up antibodies for them, so that if you do happen to catch a similar strain later, you have a layer of protection.

Another common reason for not getting vaccinations is the fact that sometimes people who are not vaccinated just never get sick. However, this is usually the work of herd immunity. Frequently, people who are not vaccinated are in the company of people who are vaccinated, and they are protected by just being around the immune individuals. They don't get sick because no one is catching and spreading a disease to them.

It's luck, not proof that vaccinations are evil.

If you are still anti-vax after doing proper research on vaccinations, I honestly don't know what to tell you. Maybe take into consideration the recent story on Ethan Lindenberger, a young adult who got vaccinated on his 18th birthday against his parents' wishes because he was concerned for his own health. At the end of the day, it's your decision if you want to be vaccinated. Just know that if you choose not to, you might be catching more than just the measles. (And, you won't be able to enjoy the onslaught of anti-vax memes like the rest of us.)

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.


We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.

So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,


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