A recent outbreak in Measles that began in Disneyland is bringing renewed attention to the anti-vaccination movement, it’s supporters, and those affected by it.
Tim Jacks, a parent and pediatrician from Phoenix, Arizona wrote an angry letter to anti-vaccers after his family was exposed to the measles by an unvaccinated child. Mother Jones published the article and it’s been generating a lot of buzz on social media.
“I have a number of strong feelings surging through my body right now,” Jacks wrote. “Towards my family, I am feeling extra protective like a papa bear. Towards you, unvaccinating parent, I feel anger and frustration at your choices.”
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Jacks went on to explain just how much risk not vaccinating against the measles, a disease considered obsolete in the US, poses to children like his daughter, that cannot be vaccinated because of her cancer.
Jacks explains children like his daughter are the most at risk, writing:
“These are children who can’t be vaccinated. Children who have cancer. Children who are immunocompromised. Children who are truly allergic to a vaccine or part of a vaccine (i.e., anaphylaxis to egg). These children remain at risk. They cannot be protected, except by vaccinating people around them.”
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Currently Jack’s children are in isolation until February the 11th, and he and his wife will have to monitor them for any signs of the disease. “Thanks for screwing up our three-week “vacation” from chemotherapy” he writes “[and]thanks for exposing 195 children to an illness considered ‘eliminated’ from the US.”