If you want to start an argument on Facebook, just bring up vaccinations. To me, I feel like arguing about whether or not your child should get them is kind of ridiculous. I, personally, don't know a single doctor who's against vaccinations. And the overwhelming majority of the world's physicians are all about them. So you'd think that'd end the debate.
But no, there's always someone, somewhere, who's willing to dig up some link to a doctor with a questionable past or reference a single medical journal that somehow disputes all the other scientific literature, statistics, and other studies that disprove vaccinations cause autism or are otherwise harmful.
But if you need any further proof, just look at what happened to this small community of primarily Somali-Americans who were convinced by an anti-vaxxing group that vaccinations were harmful.
It resulted in a measles outbreak almost immediately.
More than 40 children since mid-April have come down with measles ever since the community has decided to stop vaccinating their children. Mashable has reported that doctors have seen tons of cases of children who are experiencing fever, watery eyes, and skin rashes, all from measles.
State health officials believe that cases of the measles will continue to rise in the area in upcoming weeks.
Measles was officially declared to have been eradicated from the United States back in 2000. However, some tight-knit communities who haven't immunized their children have experienced small outbreaks of the virus.
In the small Minnesota community that Mashable reported on, nearly every single one of the children with measles is not vaccinated.
Parents are not giving their kids shots because of claims that vaccinations are somehow attributed to a rise in autism diagnoses among children. The idea that autism has suddenly increased due to vaccines has been proven false. While it's true that more children are being diagnosed with autism, it's because previously, doctors were misdiagnosing children with autism as having other intellectual disabilities.
Minnesota state officials are now imploring parents who have children 12 months and under to be vaccinated.
"This is about unvaccinated children, not specific communities. There are people of all backgrounds around the state who have chosen not to protect themselves or their children. Often that decision is based on good intentions and inaccurate information. It’s the responsibility of all of us who care about the health of Minnesota children to make sure people have accurate information and take action to protect their families and their communities," Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said in an official statement.
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