It is sad to see how hundreds of years of progress can be destroyed by misinformation. The anti-vax trend continues even in the midst of a measles outbreak in Washington. Officials urge parents to vaccinate their children in order to prevent contacting the disease. More than that, vaccines could help slow down the spread of outbreaks.
Dr. Tom Murwin, who is a pediatrician at SSM Health in Stoughton, explained that he attempts to convince parents, as he explains to them that he has “to do more tests because your child is at risk for these infections because they haven’t gotten the vaccines. Sometimes it doesn’t go well.”
Why don’t parents vaccinate their children?
Sadly, parents have all sorts of nonsensical reasons when it comes to not vaccinating their children. According to Murwin, some parents refuse to vaccinate their kids because of religious reasons, while others seem to believe that vaccines are a conspiration created by Big Pharma and the government. Other parents even seem to think that vaccines can lead to autism.
Murwin explained that there is no scientific evidence behind these claims. “Autism happens in kids at a certain rate,” Murwin said. “If you look at the kids who got certain vaccines like measles, the rate is no higher in them than in kids who got the vaccine.” If we are being honest, even increasing the chances of autism is a better alternative than death, but this is not the point of view of anti-vax parents.
If you live in the state of Washington and start experiencing measles symptoms, it is recommended that you avoid the hospital. The disease is contagious and you could contaminate others as well. Instead, it is recommended that you call your physician and ask for his or her advice.