The Anti-Vaccine Movement – The Cost and Fact Before Fiction

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Anti-vax Movement Listed by World Health Organization as One of the Top 10 Health Threats for 2019

COST

Lives Lost

Over 109,000 people died from measles in 2017 – posted 2/25/19

https://www.ksat.com/health/over-109000-people-died-from-measles-in-2017?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=ksat12

2019 Could Be Worst Year for Measles in U.S. for 30 Years: ‘We’re Losing Ground to a Disease That Once Killed Millions’ – posted 2/25/19

https://www.newsweek.com/2019-could-be-worst-year-measles-us-30-years-were-losing-ground-disease-once-1309603

Measles epidemic: 80,000 cases, nearly 1,000 deaths in Madagascar – Outbreak News Today – posted 3/13/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-epidemic-80000-cases-nearly-1000-deaths-madagascar-76476/

Without vaccine, hundreds of children die in Madagascar measles outbreak | Reuters – posted 3/13/19

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-madagascar-measles-idUSKCN1QP0MK?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c8237553ed3f00001b285fb&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

 

Money Lost

Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1 million; expected to climb higher | The Seattle Times – posted 2/25/19

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/cost-of-washingtons-measles-outbreak-tops-1-million-expected-to-climb-higher/

 

FICTION

A Discredited Vaccine Study’s Continuing Impact on Public Health – The New York Times – posted 2/25/19

Those who know least about autism more likely to be anti-MMR, finds US study | HeraldScotland   – posted 2/25/19

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17357457.those-who-know-least-about-autism-more-likely-to-be-anti-mmr-finds-us-study/

Antivaxxers and the Plague of Science Denial | Psychology Today – posted 2/25/19

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psych-unseen/201902/antivaxxers-and-the-plague-science-denial

Anti-Vaccine Leader Scared His Financial Misdeeds will be Exposed | Katie Joy – posted 2/25/19

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/02/larry-cook-scared-his-financial-misdeeds-will-be-exposed/

The Myth of Vaccine Shedding – Science-Based Medicine – posted 3/13/19

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-myth-of-vaccine-shedding/

Conspiracy Theory Goes Viral that CPS ‘Steals’ Children From Anti-Vax Parents | Katie Joy – posted 3/13/19 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/03/conspiracy-goes-viral-that-cps-steals-children-from-anti-vax-parents/

‘Something is in those vaccines’: Lawmaker says mandatory measles shots are ‘Communist’ – posted 3/13/19

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/something-is-in-those-vaccines-lawmaker-says-mandatory-measles-shots-are-communist/ar-BBUeXKA?li=BBnb7Kz

 

FACT

Live Attenuated Varicella Virus Vaccine — Efficacy Trial in Healthy Children | NEJM – 1985 – posted 2/25/19

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM198405313102201

Jacobson v. Massachusetts :: 197 U.S. 11 (1905) :: Justia US Supreme Court Center – posted 2/25/19

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/197/11/

 

THE RESULTS:

LEGAL

Advocacy group calls for tougher state laws requiring vaccines | abc13.com – posted 2/25/19

https://abc13.com/5136097/?ex_cid=TA_KTRK_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c64cbe900bd47000101db77&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Amid measles outbreak, state House panel moves to ban personal vaccine exemptions | The Seattle Times – posted 2/25/19

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/amid-measles-outbreak-state-house-panel-moves-to-ban-personal-vaccine-exemptions/

In Wake Of Measles Cases, Health Advocates Want Texas To Change Its Vaccine Exemption Law – Houston Public Media – posted 2/25/19

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/health-science/2019/02/13/321687/health-advocates-want-texas-to-change-its-vaccine-exemption-law/

It’s time for personal conviction vaccination exemptions to go · The Badger Herald – posted 2/25/19

https://badgerherald.com/opinion/2019/02/19/vaccination-exemptions-due-to-personal-convictions-need-to-go/

FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don’t change lax vaccine laws – CNN – posted 2/25/19

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/20/health/vaccine-exemptions-fda-gottlieb/index.html

Vast majority of Canadians say vaccines should be mandatory for school aged kids – Angus Reid Institute – posted 2/25/19

http://angusreid.org/mandatory-vaccination-canada/

 

MORAL

Anti-Vaxxers Panic After Learning Facebook Could Shut Down Groups | Katie Joy – posted 2/25/19

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/02/anti-vaxxers-panic-after-learning-facebook-could-shut-down-groups/?fbclid=IwAR3jHH92Tjer2kvVK1nZZNgeMpKtMVGRaqghKabwBGNbg5oQLB-H5DiyEsc

Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups | Technology | The Guardian – posted 2/25/19

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/12/facebook-anti-vaxxer-vaccination-groups-pressure-misinformation

How Facebook Helped the Anti-Vaxxer Movement Go Viral – Pacific Standard – posted 2/25/19

https://psmag.com/news/how-facebook-helped-the-anti-vaxxer-movement-go-viral

YouTube takes ads off ‘anti-vax’ video channels – BBC News – posted 2/25/19

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47357252?ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_mchannel=social&ocid=socialflow_facebook