Need a reminder of just how serious vaccine preventable diseases can be?
Don’t remember the pre-vaccine era?
That could be why some folks are so quick to think that skipping or delaying vaccines is a safe option for their kids.
Vaccines are necessary.
We should never forget what life was like before vaccines.
We should know that vaccine-preventable diseases were rarely mild, natural immunity comes at a cost, and that those who died from smallpox, diphtheria, measles, and polio aren’t around to talk about their experiences on Facebook (survivorship bias).
We should never forget that vaccine-preventable diseases were once big killers, and the only reason some folks have grown to fear the side effects of vaccines more than the diseases they prevent, is because we don’t see those diseases very much any more. If more people skip or delay getting vaccinated, we will though.
Get vaccinated and protected.
Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases belong in the past.
What to Know About Life Before Vaccines
Forgetting the pre-vaccine era and the benefits of vaccines makes folks susceptible to anti-vaccine talking points and scares them away from vaccinating and protecting their kids.
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