Anti-vax moms

Parents across the U.S. are refusing to vaccinate their children, and it’s getting old

James Simons, Copy Editor

Vaccinations are bad, according to credible sources including random moms with no medical background and the Taliban.

In February of 1918, the respected medical journal, The Lancet published a study conducted by Andrew Wakefield. The study concluded that there was a link between the MMR vaccine, (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism. Since its publication, measles outbreaks have occurred in Europe, Australia, and America. In response to the study, fewer and fewer parents opted for vaccination. States across the US began to allow for non-medical vaccination exemptions in schools. Eighteen states still allow these exemptions today. Upon closer examination, eyebrows were raised towards the credibility of the study. After investigative actions were taken, it was found that Wakefield manipulated his data. Additionally, his findings were based on just 12 children. As a result, The Lancet retracted the study, and Wakefield lost his medical license. Despite all this, the anti-vax movement is still alive.

In 2000, The CDC declared that measles was eliminated in the United States. Since then, many parents have refused to vaccinate their kids and many outbreaks of measles have hit communities. More recently, on December 5, 2018, the CDC confirmed a measles outbreak in 27 states. Globally, cases are up 30% due to inept parents refusing to vaccinate their children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 A large part of the anti-vax argument are the rising diagnosis rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2000, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with ASD. That number has jumped to 1 in 59 children. Some claim that these statistics are caused by vaccines, but the more rational side of humanity (or anyone with common sense) knows that more awareness and understanding of ASD has led to more diagnoses.

Despite not being mentioned in Wakefield’s faulty report, flu vaccinations are now avoided by the anti-vax community as well. In fact, 75% of children who died in the 2016-17 flu season were not vaccinated from the disease. Most of these children had the opportunity to be vaccinated, but their parents said no.

The most recent measles outbreak has affected 220 people.

Every single case was vaccine-preventable.

But because anti-vax parents around the world continue to refuse vaccinations for their kids, based on a report debunked several times, their kids continue to get sick, and sometimes even die.

But these parents don’t find enough joy in putting their own kids at risk. That just gets old. They seem to love to put people who can’t get vaccines for medical reasons in danger. That’s right, people who can’t get vaccines because of allergies, weak immune systems, etc. are also targeted by these bloodthirsty soccer moms. People with HIV/AIDS may not be able to be vaccinated. But these sadistic individuals love to further danger their lives by possibly throwing measles, a near extinct disease, into the lives of these people who can’t protect themselves.