The U.S. is under a measles outbreak, with reported cases steadily increasing in 2014 and into 2015. What started as a few cases that likely came out of Disneyland in California, has now spread nationwide across 14 states, with 102 confirmed cases reported to date.
Number Of Measles Cases Linked To Disneyland Rises To 26, Health Officials Say http://t.co/xEvdCoyxF9— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 14, 2015
Because the world is a constantly changing place, where we travel, interact with each other and have no other choice but to exchange germs with a doorknob – things spread. This is best explained by the graphic below.
These sporadic events have led to a lot of people talking about something that is crucially important to prevent such things from happening – vaccinations, and the myths surrounding them.
Hilary Clinton too is making grand tweets on the matter.
When politicians are talking about something which, according to Mic, was thought to be eliminated in 2000 (within the U.S.), there is reason to ask why is this happening – despite modernization, despite scientific advancement and despite a very simple solution that lies in the pinch of a needle.
Well, for starters, there’s the myth that links vaccination to autism. This is simply not true.
A study published in 1998 allegedly linked getting vaccinated as a child to getting autism. Since then, the study has been roundly rebuked and proven flatlyuntrue. Furthermore, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the author of the study, has been stripped of his medical license, which explains a lot.
But because we’re constantly processing large amounts of information, perhaps the news of it did not meet a sound mind, or it was simply overshadowed by other nonsensical news.
Or, maybe, it is the rhetoric of a few politicians, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who opine that vaccinations are a “choice.” If it’s not that, it’s another Republican, Sen. Rand Paul who said, “I've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
Forgetting what politicians say, there’s also the fact that 19 states exempt parents from school vaccination requirements should they have any “philosophical” reservations against safeguarding their child from preventable diseases.
Vaccinations are really a double-edged shield, because not only do they protect you from diseases, vaccines also prevents you from spreading diseases – which is not what happened in Disneyland.
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Perhaps Obama’s words put it best. “You should get your kids vaccinated – it’s good for them,” he stated. “We should be able to get back to the point where measles effectively is not existing in this country.”
Within good reason, it has been stated time and time again, that vaccinating a child is a good – even, necessary – choice.
Choices are a privilege that many people in developing countries do not have. So, for this to be coming up in a land that perpetuates the values of freedom and democracy is quite absurd.