Measles is making a comeback, not to mention mumps, tetanus, and other diseases once eradicated by vaccines — all thanks to anti-vaxxers!
The anti-vaccine movement puts everyone at risk, but especially those who actually can’t get vaccinated — like, for example, newborn babies. So it makes sense that mothers are among those who most viciously call out the anti-vax movement for how selfish it is.
A group of moms in Wisconsin wrote a scathing letter to the community to call out their anti-vax neighbor. They explained exactly why this neighbor creates a dangerous risk to everyone nearby. The moms listed all of the recent outbreaks of disease across the country, and they pointed out the number of unnecessary deaths caused.
“Nearly all outbreaks of disease were started by unvaccinated individuals, who pass along vaccine-preventable diseases to those without adequate protection,” the letter read. “Protect yourself, your family, and your community by using caution when interacting with these people.”
The anti-vaccine movement is out of control, to say the least.
Don’t believe me? Just ask the city of New York, which had to issue an emergency order for mandatory measles vaccinations due to a major outbreak in Brooklyn.
Or ask the unlucky 6-year-old boy who contracted Oregon’s first child case of tetanus in 30 years and had to be airlifted to the hospital. (His parents are anti-vaxxers.)
At this point, a lot of people are fed up with anti-vaxxers — and we all have at least one anti-vaxxer friend, don’t we?
A group of “concerned moms” in Wisconsin wrote a letter publicly calling out their own anti-vaxxer neighbor.
“Dear Resident,” the letter says. “Your neighbor does not believe in vaccinating herself or her family.”
The letter was posted on Reddit and Imgur. The anti-vaxxer’s name is written on the letter, but censored in the online copy.
The letter continues:
“This puts anyone at risk if they are medically fragile, immunocompromised, or out of date in their vaccinations.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.”
Yup. Let’s not forget the baby who had to go into quarantine because she was exposed to measles before she was old enough to get vaccinated!
The letter then lists all of the states that are experiencing outbreaks of disease. In New York City alone, the 2019 outbreak has involved hundreds of cases of measles so far — after the disease had been completely eradicated from the US for years.
The letter goes on to say:
“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.”
Then the letter continues to warn residents against anti-vaxxers:
“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 cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in recent years, costing several hundred million dollars around the globe, not including the costs associated with preventable deaths and disabilities.”
The letter is signed “Concerned Moms of Wisconsin.”
It also lists the URL of VaccinesWork.org, where you can track outbreaks and subsequent deaths.
This certainly isn’t the first time that moms have called out other parents who refuse to vaccinate their families. However, the technique of publicly shaming the anti-vaxxer by name might be a new one!
The user who uploaded the photo to Reddit wrote that the letter came in the mail without a return address.
“No clue who/where it originally came from,” the user wrote.
The user (who wants to remain anonymous) told Journal Sentinel that it seemed “a bit creepy” that the women who wrote the letter knew about another family’s vaccination history.
“I was surprised. I didn’t know my neighbor didn’t believe in vaccinations,” the user said. “I’m not sure how many other people got the letter, and I’m not even sure my neighbor knows about it.”
Nonetheless, the user thought it was important to share the letter to keep the vaccine debate in the news.
“The anti-vaxx thing has just gotten so heinous. It’s not even about personal beliefs anymore. This is a public health issue.”