This is How Much Damage Anti-Vaxxers Have Caused Around the World October 26, 2014

This is How Much Damage Anti-Vaxxers Have Caused Around the World

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The Council on Foreign Relations has put together a map showing where all the vaccine-preventable diseases are all over the world. The fact that there are large circles *anywhere* should be horrifying.

Whooping cough, people. Whooping cough.

Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times can’t believe it:

the United States and Great Britain deserve badges of shame for the resurgence of measles and whooping cough, which are almost entirely due to the ignorance and fear spread by the anti-vaccine movements in those countries.

Hiltzik blames not just the person who claimed a link between vaccines and autism that doesn’t exist, but also the “journalists” who gave anti-vaxxers a platform:

Outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, or pertussis, in the U.S. and Britain are inexcusable. They reflect the dangerous and discreditable influence of Andrew Wakefield, a former British doctor whose study purporting to show a relationship between the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine and autism has been exposed as a fraud

The surge of measles and whooping cough cases underscore the irresponsibility of opinion leaders like Katie Couric in giving anti-vaxxers a popular platform. Too many figures in the entertainment business (Dr. Oz, I’m looking at you) don’t care about making sure their audiences get information tested by science, as long as they can rake in the big bucks. They have a lot to answer for.

It’s fascinating how much panic there is over Ebola, while these diseases — far more dangerous and entirely preventable — just get a pass. And nothing will convince the science-deniers that they’re the problem.

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