What a time to be alive! Extinct illnesses are BACK.
What a time to be alive, indeed. In fact, it’s quite depressing that here we are, discussing the selfishness of people who refuse to vaccinate their kids in response to a mythical fear. It’s equally depressing for all of us to feel the need to celebrate the teenage who defied his parents and got vaccinated in response to the recent outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.
— Gunnar Esiason (@G17Esiason) February 10, 2019
File this under things that shouldn’t have to happen, but are happening.
Perhaps the most profound responses to these ongoing outbreaks are the people sharing their own stories from the pre-vaccination days, and that’s really what I want to show here. Below are a number of tweet from folks who contracted Measles, and then suffered severe complications. Let the patients tell the story:
I had measles before the MMR and I'm deaf in one ear from the encephalitis that accompanied it.I use myself as a living rebuttal to the lie that the diseases are harmless,and that anyone has the right to put kids & immune compromised people at risk of neurological damage or death pic.twitter.com/tHDOq6nudU
— David Ashlin (@SciCommic) February 9, 2019
When I was a baby after WWII, I had mumps which went into encephalitis .. antibiotics were new but miraculous. I survived but with permanent nerve deafness in my right ear. I remember when the Salk vaccine came out a few years later and we lined up at school to get our shots.
— JDooley (@Dooley47) February 9, 2019
My mother contracted #measles in her pregnancy with me.
I am profoundly deaf, but my eyesight & brain are unaffected. I am one of the lucky ones. #Measles kills & causes permanent disability.
— Helen Grote (@helengrote) February 10, 2019
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) February 11, 2019
That’s all I have to say this morning.