This viral tweet offers yet ANOTHER reason vaccines are necessary
Sometimes the best way to win an argument is with, “Just the facts, ma’am.” And that’s exactly what one Twitter user did when she recently posted about vaccines. It’s perfect because of its simplicity, truth, and of course, just the right amount of snark.
Twitter user Elise Kumar from Sydney, Australia decided to break it down for people who still argue against vaccinations and use the “back in the day people did ‘x’ and it was fine.” Yeah, not so much here.
People say “well what did people do before vaccines/antibiotics/pasteurisation?” as if that’s an argument for going natural.
They died, Carol. A lot of people died.
— Elise Kumar 🤷♀️ (@elisekumar) September 8, 2018
We’ve all heard anti-vaxxer’s arguments about why they choose not to vaccinate their children. And while in almost all cases when it comes to parenting decisions, I’d say, “To each their own,” that’s not the case with vaccinations.
Most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person, so if one person gets an infectious disease, they can spread it to others. That’s why ‘herd immunity’ is so important — you aren’t just making that decision for your child — you’re making it for everyone around you who are unable or are too young to receive vaccinations themselves.
Case in point:
It's been shown that mothers in developing nations walk for miles in hundred + degree weather waiting hours with their kids to aid stations/hospitals to get vaccines— DrJeremyTeuton (@DrJeremyTeuton) September 8, 2018
because they know
Because they have living memory of the diseases destroying lives and stealing children
My grandad was one of 12, and the only one whom survived in pre-NHS Wales. Not one other sibling made it past 1 week old.— Lucy Drake (@lucydrakeandco) September 8, 2018
Another user pointed out just how many deaths are still occurring around the world where vaccines aren’t available. These are preventable diseases which vaccines are designed to irradicate. Choosing not to vaccinate only increases the chances of these types of diseases resurfacing. In fact, as of July, 2018, the CDC reported a total of 107 cases of measles across 21 states. In all of 2017, for example, 118 people from 15 states had confirmed cases.
They are STILL dying in areas where vaccines are not available.— Daniel G. Blum (@Dartemus) September 8, 2018
Measles: 74,300 deaths/year (2015)
Diptheria: 2,100 deaths
Tetanus: 56,700 deaths
Smallpox: Zero. Eradicated worldwide by vaccines, formerly millions per year.
And these won’t just impact a person near-term. One Twitter user noted that complications from diseases like measles can have complications a decade after the initial illness, which can even lead to death:
Another scary and little mentioned fact: a rare but possible complication of measles is a fatal encephalitis that occurs 7-10 years after recovery from the initial illness (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis). So, yay vaccines.— AKhanolkar (@khanolkar_a) September 9, 2018
Anti-vaxers beggar belief. My uncle had polio and paralysis lifelong. Tough if you're a farmer. In the 60s, a measles vaccine didn't exist. I caught it and was left with hearing loss. Do I wish there'd been a vaccine? You bet. I was lucky, other kids were left severely disabled.— Sally Massmann (@SallyMassmann) September 9, 2018
Still another mentioned a friend of her losing an entire year at school because they drank unpasteurized milk. According to the FDA, raw milk that hasn’t been pasteurized (which kills bacteria) can carry Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which “are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses.”
Yup. I have a friend who lost an ENTIRE YEAR OF SCHOOL to milk fever from unpasteurized milk as child, a relative with permanent nerve damage from polio and my parents EXPECTED to lose 1 classmate a YEAR as kids to polio/flu/measles etc. People have forgotten so much.— Head To Toe Organizers (@HTTOrganizers) September 8, 2018
And as always, we can count on Twitter for a little Oregon Trail humor as well:
These people did not grow up playing Oregon Trail.— Court Watson (@WatsonCourt) September 9, 2018
According to a study cited in the Los Angeles Times, researchers found that anti-vaxxers tend to be among the first to get sick when an outbreak occurs, and that they also can become a “key accelerant,” spreading the illness to others not immune.
If you’re still on the fence do the research. Ask your pediatrician, read scientific documentation, understand history. Putting your child and others in danger because of your own beliefs isn’t just irresponsible, it can have lasting, devastating affects for the population as a whole.