In the early part of the last century hundreds of thousands of people got whooping cough every year. It wasn’t always lethal, but it was always miserable and we figured out a way to solve that.
We got a vaccine. We started giving people the vaccine and
sure enough by the 70s only about a thousand people were getting it per year but it’s ticked back up since then and it’s
now fifteen times what it was in the 1970s. There are a lot of
reasons for that but a big one is that people have just stopped vaccinating their kids. Studies have shown that in areas where a lot of parents don’t vaccinate their kids they’re significantly more likely to see
outbreaks of things like whooping cough or measles. Measles was officially
eradicated in 2000, and yet there have been 288 cases of it so far this year. That’s way beyond anything in recent memory but its part of a trend. There are a handful
of celebrities who have committed themselves to telling people the vaccines present saving lives are
really unsafe. “The vaccines… that push children into this
neurological downside… which we call autism.” The doctor who started all this in the late 90’s has been thoroughly discredited. He’s actually barred from practicing medicine in Britain because he made up his numbers. But that doesn’t stop unqualified celebrities from spreading fear. And fear matters. The Anti-Vaccine Body
Count counted 128,044 vaccine-preventable illnesses including
1,336 vaccine-preventable deaths in the US since 2007. But in the
rest of the world vaccines have been nothing short of a miracle. According to the Gates Foundation, about 2.5 million lives are saved every year by vaccines. A lot of that is just small pox alone, which used to kill about 2 million
people every year. And today it kills zero because we vaccinated everyone against
it. So when it comes to vaccines stop listening to the kooks. Start
looking at the evidence. And just vaccinate your kid.