The Anti-Vaccination Movement Has Taken A Devastating Toll On Public Health January 31, 2014 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment Interactive map courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations. It is time to face the facts: the anti-vaccination movement has taken a toll on public health. A mere glance at the map above confirms this fact. Whooping cough outbreaks across the United States? Measles in Britain? Mumps in Germany? Such outbreaks should be unheard of in the wealthiest, most developed countries in the world. These countries are not Nigeria or Somalia where, unfortunately, vaccine preventable disease will occur due to lack of availability of and suitable delivery methods for vaccines. In the United States, vaccines for these preventable diseases are widely available to every citizen, and no American should ever have to battle a disease like whooping cough. Yet tens of thousands are. Why are these disease outbreaks and resultant, preventable suffering still occurring? Vaccine panic fueled largely by anti-vaccination crusaders who argue based on debunked myths and personal anecdotes rather than medical science is largely to blame. If you are curious about the suffering that can result from the myths they promulgate, just read this story about what it is really like to grow up without the benefit of vaccines. What’s the lesson? Vaccination is not just an individual choice parents make for their kids. It is a public (and global) health issue as unvaccinated children are more likely to contract, suffer from, and spread disease throughout communities. Vaccine crusaders, it is time to raise your voice – Vaccinate your children, and make your community a safer place.