They also went on to list all of the states where outbreaks currently exist. “People who are unvaccinated have caused outbreaks in Arkansas, Oregon Washinton, California, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Minnesota, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, with more outbreaks expected,” the letter read. “Nearly all outbreaks of disease were started by unvaccinated individuals, who pass along vaccine-preventable diseases to those without adequate protection.”
There’s been a lot of concerned citizens, doctor’s offices, and parents getting vocal for good reason. With measles outbreaks happening in cities all over the US, recent cases of mumps, and the first case of tetanus in 30 years, there is real concern about the spread of once eradicated diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten children with measles will get an ear infection, which can lead to permanent deafness. One in 20 children will develop pneumonia and one in 1,000 will develop encephalitis (brain swelling that can cause brain damage). One or two in 1,000 children will die.
The problem has gotten so severe in such a short period of time, the World Health Organization named vaccine hesitancy as one of its top ten threats to global health in 2019 along with the global influenza pandemic, antimicrobial resistance (drug-resistant “superbugs”), humanitarian crises, and lack of primary health care.
Alongside HIV, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and Ebola, VACCINE HESITANCY made it on the World Health Org’s 2019 global health threats. Are you kidding me. VACCINATE YOUR KIDS
— Kristine Shuryan (@kristineshuryan) January 21, 2019
“People who don’t believe in vaccines often hold other views that are at odds with widely accepted facts related to science and medicine. Protect yourself, your family, and your community by using caution when interacting with these people,” the letter continued. “They have caused hundreds of thousands of vaccine-preventable disease in recent years, costing several hundred million dollars around the globe, not including the costs associated with preventable deaths and disabilities.”
The letter also listed a website where outbreaks and subsequent deaths can be tracked (vaccineswork.org/vaccine-preventable-disease-outbreaks) and signed “Concerned Moms of Wisconsin.” If you think doctors and the World Health Organization are scary, try messing with a bunch of moms.