Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

: Part 2: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: How Increased Awareness Can Make a Difference

Part 2: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: How Increased Awareness Can Make a Difference

Recruitment Specialist

More than 300 people will die today around the world because of the measles, but since 2000, this disease was considered eradicated the United States due to widespread immunization. Now, more than 120 people in 17 separate states (it was only 14 states just a few weeks ago) have contracted the virus, mostly due to coming into contact with it at ground zero, the "Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland. Health care experts have said that this outbreak, as well as all documented cases not directly caused by contact with the national tourist location, was caused by unvaccinated children carrying the virus that causes prevalent symptoms in 90 percent of the non-immunized who are exposed.

As Arthur Caplan, Director of Medical Ethics at NYU and a go-to expert on the subject for Timemagazine said, "It is neglect to expose your child to vaccine-preventable disease. It is selfish to expose my kids to disease." Because of this, parents have begun to petition schools to revoke non-medical exceptions for state-mandated vaccinations, essentially banning children without them from attending. In an LA suburb, a hub for anti-vaxxers, more than 60 children were sent home in recent weeks for being a potential threat to their classmates.

 

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The Gates Foundation is hoping to spread awareness of the necessity of vaccines through the immunization-related art of some of the biggest names in the industry, including photographers, painters, writers, filmmakers, and musicians, among others. The campaign, dubbed The Art of Saving a Life, released a slew of works leading up to a conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where they raised $7.5 billion for the organization. You can see an example of the work below that is a magnified image of microscopic art created by Vik Muniz, which was created with the use of liver cells infected with the smallpox vaccine virus.

The campaign also came with an accompanying hashtag, "#vaccineswork." What they didn't expect is for this hashtag to be increasing in popularity as the days go by. Hillary Clinton tweeted just last Monday, "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest" Every time you refresh a Twitter or Facebook feed, "vaccines" is at the top of the list as more and more take their stance on the issue. Petitions have been added to We the People in the past week in reference to both for and against mandatory vaccination viewpoints. Although neither side is close to the required 100,000 for a formal address by the White House, the science and I agree; this is not an issue that can wait.

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