In suicide note, doctor says he didn't vaccinate kids despite parents' requests
In a suicide note, Dr. Van Koinis, a pediatrician in Evergreen Park, Illinois, expressed regret that he may not have vaccinated children in his practice, despite parents requesting that he do so.
According to CBS2 in Chicago:
It was last September when Koinis was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office said his suicide note indicates there might problem with records he kept regarding the vaccinations children received or did not receive at his office on West 95th Street in Evergreen Park.
“The note was very short. It was a note where he expressed a lot regret and the note was solely driven at the fact that he did things he regretted as far as the vaccinations,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. He added Koinis also expressed regret in doctoring records.
Dart went on to say “He was incredibly regretful for what he did and it was the only thing he mentioned in the suicide note. It was this and only this.”
According to Dart, there was about a ten year span in which Dr. Koinis either gave fake injections or altered medical records to show that the injections were properly administered. Law enforcement believes that this might have been intentional though, hypothesizing that anti-vaccine parents may have intentionally sought our Dr. Koinis to fudge their records for schools. Dart explained:
Our thinking is that would mean that people who came there came with a purpose to get records phonied up, not have to take the vaccine and take the records to a school that would allow their child to be admitted even though their child never had a vaccine.
... There seems to be an overarching depression that was driven by years of not vaccinating people properly. We were not able to nail it down any further.
... He was an individual who practiced homeopathic medicine and was very much into holistic medicine and apparently a lot of individuals who are against vaccinations were attracted to him.
Homeopathy is a form of "alternative medicine", based in the (insane) belief that water has "memory", and by making a dilution of a substance in water, you actually make the treatment more effective. It's okay if you have to read that sentence again, because it's absolutely batshit crazy and has no actual basis in reality.
It reminds me of this Tim Minchin quote:
Homeopathy was first proposed as a medical hypothesis in 1796. For the record, work on germ theory (the idea that bacteria/viruses exist on a scale too small for the unaided eye to observe and are the cause of many diseases) didn't come about until the late 1850s. So essentially, anyone who practices homeopathy is basing their medical practice in a failed hypothesis that doesn't believe in germs.
So it kind of makes sense that a homeopath would be anti-vaccine. Their beliefs are equatable to a religion, rather than based in science. And when you don't base your beliefs in anything remotely related to reality, it's easy to cherry pick whatever other bullshit to believe or not believe in.
The facts of vaccines are simple. For nearly everyone, they are completely safe and effective. More to the point, there are many people who are immunocompromised, meaning their immune systems are weakened (either due to a disease or chemotherapy), who aren't able to be vaccinated. Instead, they rely on herd immunity to be safe from preventable diseases, trusting that those around them won't carry or spread the disease to them.
So getting vaccinated isn't just about you, it's about those around you who can't be vaccinated.