That wrenching gasp for air at the end of a suffocating jag of coughing gives whooping cough its name. This spasmodic coughing usually lasts for a month and can last as long as two. Some infants die of exhaustion. Even those that survive can suffer permanently reduced growth and development.
Instapundit links to a story about a breakout of whooping cough in a private school in the San Francisco Bay area. Given that the parents of the students are almost certainly secular, left-leaning, college educated individuals, I can only conclude that they refused to protect their children because the anecdotal images of children who suffered real or imagined side effects from vaccinations emotionally overpowered any intellectual awareness they possessed of the effects of the diseases the vaccines protect against.
Too many people, even “highly educated” ones, make decisions based on emotional hunches programmed by immediate graphic images. They simply cannot process numerical information or the concept of tradeoffs. They conceptualize things as either entirely good or entirely bad based on their degree of exposure to negative images.
Since vaccination and antibiotics have almost completely driven fatal communicable diseases from our lives, these mentally undisciplined people simply never see any images of children suffering from these horrific diseases. In their minds, that automatically means that vaccinations pose a greater danger than the diseases the vaccinations protect against.
We can educate these emotive people by exposing them to images such as the one above. If these people see enough images of the consequences of the diseases, their emotive “reasoning” will make them view the diseases as the threat and not the vaccines.