Stop AntiVaccine Propaganda

Stop AntiVaccine Propaganda

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Over the past year, federal officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have repeatedly warned that anti-vaccine beliefs are undermining public health efforts across the country. The World Health Organization has listed "Vaccine Hesitancy"  as one of Ten threats to global health in 2019. 

"The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved. Health workers, especially those in communities, remain the most trusted advisor and influencer of vaccination decisions, and they must be supported to provide trusted, credible information on vaccines."

Even very small pockets of unvaccinated people can have dangerous consequences, allowing contagious diseases like measles — which we once believed was totally eradicated in the U.S. — a chance to start spreading again. For example, Measles has seen a 30% increase in cases globally. According to the CDC Measles Outbreaks in 2008, 2014, 2017 and 2018 were the result of  "unvaccinated people" or "poor vaccination coverage" 

The United States is experiencing a resurgence of measles and whooping cough — in fact, almost all of the global cases of whooping cough are concentrated here in the U.S. "Despite a vaccine, health officials have seen a jump in the number of cases in recent decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were fewer than 2,000 cases in the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, but that jumped to over 48,000 cases in 2012. And while those numbers are down from that peak, they are still not as low as when the vaccine was made available. Studies of pertussis from the Journal of the American Medical Association say unvaccinated children are contributing to the outbreaks.

Vaccination protects the people you care about. There are two critical points to create community immunity

• You need to be vaccinated.
• The people around you need to be vaccinated.

When a person is vaccinated, they prevent disease from spreading to others in the community, including:

• Babies/preemies who are too young or unable to receive vaccines.
• Pregnant women
• The elderly
• Individuals who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, such as those with serious allergies, weakened immune systems, asthma, HIV/AIDS, or that are undergoing treatment for cancer and other health conditions.

Advances in vaccines have virtually eradicated several once-common diseases in the United States. But this type of public health progress is only possible if people actually get vaccinated. When members of Facebook’s “community” seek information about vaccines on Facebook itself, they may be steered toward unscientific, anti-vaccination Propaganda. The Guardian found that Facebook search results for groups and pages with information about vaccines were dominated by anti-vaccination propaganda, and that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm steers viewers from fact-based medical information toward anti-vaccine misinformation.

People who don't vaccinate tend to group in certain communities and use facebook as a tool to spread information. Parents may share false information they find online, or talk to a friend who has decided not to vaccinate their child. This misinformation can spread throughout a community and put not only whole communities in danger but - LIVES. Story of a recent death has been trending on facebook and other platforms, has already occured in Serbia.  Statewide epidemics have started with these small wildfires of disease. Children and people WILL die as a direct result of this intentionally, false information. Some even go as far as to neglect medical care for their ill children/babies and this has resulted in DEATH or severe injury. 

Most of this propaganda and deadly methods “detoxing” have already taken the lives of several children- Information that Facebook gives Antivaxxers haven to share amongst each other freely. From bleach enimas  to “URINE therapy” and “Pox Parties”  where children are willingly infected by their parents via exposure to a sick child.  This MUST be stopped. Today. 

Im petitioning Mark Zuckerberg to join Pinterest in standing against the dangerous, false beliefs of Anti-Vaxxers. Beliefs that will result in thousands of needless deaths and physical harm to children. Some include, blindness, paralysis, brain damage and child abuse via “Detoxing” already medically fragile children (bleach enimas, urine therapy, Black salve ect) and medical neglect for RSV, pertussis, whooping cough, flu, chicken pox and even measles. I’m asking Facebook to stand with Pinterest and say NO MORE! 

 

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