In just the first 6 months of 2018, Europe has had a staggering 41,000 cases of measles. This is worse than any other full year in the last decade. It’s almost 8 times the number of cases in 2016 and I dread to think what the count will be by the end of the year.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) in America – an ideal time to learn (or review!) our work in eradicating diseases, and some of the current challenges facing vaccination.
Would you like to be able to set your friends mind at ease if they have concerns about vaccination? Perhaps you’d like to be better prepared for when you encounter an anti-vaxxer?
Well, then this article is for you.
One by one I’ll go through some of the most common arguments raised by anti-vaxxers, and provide some scientific evidence to refute them.
If there are any arguments you’ve heard, that I’ve not listed here, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I’ll update this article as time goes by.
Of the US population, it is estimated that :
- 70% are pro-vaccination
- 2% are anti-vaxxer
- 28% are unsure
This post is not a battle cry against anti-vaxxers (that will come in part 2), but rather, a comprehensive review of the science behind vaccination. The aim is to help anyone who is unsure gain a better understanding of the facts and evidence supporting vaccination.
Hopefully what they find here, will improve their confidence and understanding of vaccination.