Once again we find ourselves on the subject of anti-vaxxers, those vastly misinformed parents who refuse to vaccinate their children for fear of autism or some other non-existent side effect.
Because so many people just believe whatever they read on the internet as opposed to actual doctors and scientists, there have been outbreaks of measles in 15 states in 2019.
Anti-vaxxers aren’t just a danger to their own children; because communities rely on herd immunization, anti-vaxxers pose a threat to babies who have not yet been fully vaccinated and to immunocompromised people. They view optingout of vaccines as an expression of personal beliefs, but really their irresponsibility directly affects those around them as well.
Since there are still 17 states that allow parents to choose not to vaccinate their kids, there are communities that are put at risk. But since anti-vaxx families don’t tend to wear signs proclaiming their status as unvaccinated, you could be living right next door to one and not know it.
Which is why a group of moms in Wisconsin got together and wrote a letter to the members of their community outing an anti-vaxx resident, urging people who lived near or worked or socialized with the woman to exercise caution.
The warning letter, which blew up on Imgur reads:
Your neighbor, [redacted] does not believe in vaccinating herself or her family. This puts anyone at risk if they are medically fragile, immunocompromised, or out of date in their vaccinations. Please use caution when sharing work or personal space with this individual, eating foods prepared by this individual, or attending gatherings at this individual’s house if you or the people who are important to you fall into medically at-risk categories. The unvaccinated pose a unique threat to infants, who often don’t yet have a full course of vaccinations completed, and can quickly become deathly ill or die.
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. Nearly all outbreaks of disease were started by unvaccinated individuals, who pass along vaccine-preventable diseases to those without adequate protection.
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. 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 outbreaks and subsequent deaths they cause are tracked here:
Thank you, and be safe.
Sincerely, Concerned Moms of Wisconsin
While it may seem mean to send a letter like this to the community, anti-vaxxers are truly pro-disease, and people around them should be aware. No word on how the neighbor reacted or if she even knows about the letter, but maybe this will inspire other anti-vaxx families to re-evaluate their beliefs about vaccines.