Listen to me, you can’t fix people.
Your love won’t make him stop hating his father
and your devotion won’t cure her of her childhood.
All you can do is be there, violets sprouting out
from your ribs, acceptance on your lips, your own
wounds still bleeding and all you can do is be there
and sometimes that’s enough, sometimes that’s everything.
The answer is not in getting and keeping, but in getting and giving.
The answer is not in saving and preserving, but in growing and changing.
The answer is not in making things stop, but in making things go.
The answer is not in covering and hiding, but in touching and sharing.
The answer is not in thinking, but in feeling.
The answer is not in death, but love.
Not death, but life.
Not death! — Theodore Sturgeon, Godbody
“It is not a failure of the vaccine,” Frieden said. “It’s a failure to vaccinate. Around 90 percent of the people who have had measles in this country were not vaccinated either because they refused, or were not vaccinated on time.”
If 175 cases doesn’t sound like much, consider measles’ impact. It isn’t just an itchy rash; it can cause deafness and encephalitis, and miscarriage in pregnant women. Before the measles vaccine was achieved 50 years ago, the disease killed 2.6 million people around the world every year. —
Just a reminder that vaccinating your kids is ALWAYS a good idea, but it does nothing if you don’t MAINTAIN your vaccinations with boosters. Adults who are overdue for a booster can get sick and also be carriers. And most viral infections can be fatal in adults where they would be fairly easy to get over as children (like chicken pox).
If you are over the age of 18 you probably need an MMR booster shot. The next time you go to the doctor, you should ask them if you’re due for one.
Maintaining herd immunity falls to ALL of us, vaccinations don’t just stop at childhood, you have to make sure you are getting your boosters, too.
I will be talking to my doctor in January about getting a booster shot, if I haven’t gotten it already. You should do the same, as with Obamacare, all vaccinations are free.(via i-blame-reagan)