Largely because of the anti-vaccination movement, measles is making a comeback across the United States. Not only is the disease coming back by the dozens in places like New York, but it is also spreading to other parts of the country, which were once considered safe havens from the disease for decades – ever since the measles was declared eradicated as of the year 2000.
It is now clear that the anti-vaccination movement has put people at risk. Because people are not getting vaccinated, they are exposing themselves to the unnecessary risk that they might contract the measles or other such diseases that once were avoided entirely – and in the process, they also put newborn babies and other vulnerable populations at risk.
Now a group of moms from Wisconsin has banded together to write a scathing letter to any person who is afraid to have their children vaccinated. These so-called “anti-vaxxers” are now becoming the bad guys as the once-eradicated diseases are coming back to the United States in droves.
The Wisconsin moms recognize that if one person buys into the conspiracy theories of the anti-vaxxer movement, they put every other person at risk who lives within a radius of them. Because people are not getting themselves or their kids vaccinated, they are allowing the spread of diseases that are killing innocent people.
“Nearly all outbreaks of disease were started by unvaccinated individuals, who pass along the vaccinate-preventable disease to those without adequate protection,” the letter from the Wisconsin moms read. “Protect yourself, your family, and your community by using caution when interacting with these people.”
Because measles is putting lives at risk in the biggest city in the United States, New York City has issued an emergency order for parents to give their children vaccines before the disease spreads even more and people die. The outbreak is plaguing Brooklyn worst of all.
There was also a child in Oregon, only six-years-old, who contracted the state’s first case of tetanus in a child in the last thirty years. It was so bad that he had to be airlifted to a hospital equipped to deal with the disease. That boy’s parents were anti-vaxxers and were all too happy to accept medical help when they realized that their decision to keep their son vulnerable failed them.
That’s the reason this group of “Concerned Moms” from Wisconsin have banded together to write the scathing letter about an anti-vaxxer neighbor.
“Dear Resident, Your neighbor does not believe in vaccinating herself or her family. This puts anyone at risk if they’re medically fragile, immunocompromised, or out of date in their vaccinations. Please use caution when sharing work or personal space with this individual, eating foods prepared by this individual, or attending gatherings at this individual’s house if you or the people who are important to you fall into medically at-risk categories.”
These moms did not want to have other people put at risk because one person decided they didn’t want to vaccinate themselves or their family.
What do you think about the anti-vaxxer movement?
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