3 kids in 1,000 have Tourettes – watch out for the anti-vaccine outcry
A new estimate claims that 3 out of every 1,000 children have Tourettes Syndrom, mostly boys. It’s an epidemic! Expect the anti vaccine crowd to jump on this and try to use it to pump their stupid “green our vaccines” mumbo jumbo mojo! Because, if something goes wrong with our children, well it must be the vaccines no? And this estimate is probably a low ball anyway:
“These are diagnosed cases, not necessarily all the cases that are out there,” noted study author Lawrence D. Scahill, an associate professor of nursing and child psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. “There is good reason to believe it’s an underestimate of the likely prevalence.”
Which makes it even more likely that the Jenny McCarthys and Jim Carreys of this world will find this bit of news appealing. “There goes anther childhood disease cause by vaccines” they will likely claim. “When will we draw the line?” they will ask.
That, I think, is a very appropriate question indeed.