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
more than 60 children were sent home in recent weeks for being
a potential threat to their classmates.
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
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