Vaccinations are the latest example of this tragedy, and the issue is getting worse before it gets better.
According to an article published in USA Today, a 13-state sample survey indicated that one in seven schools have vaccination rates below 90 percent. That number is even lower for private schools, which are more likely to offer vaccination exemptions.
The dip in the vaccination rate has caught the attention of several health organizations because it has led to the return of diseases that were once thought to be eradicated, like measles.
Parents have begun to stray away from vaccinations out of skepticism and fear that vaccinations are somehow linked to autism.
News networks are beginning to ride that fear for ratings. Just ask Sean Hannity, who said last week that although his kids were vaccinated, parents should not be forced to because it encroaches on their liberty. The old saying goes “to each their own.”
However, vaccinations should not be viewed as a personal liberty. It’s an issue that affects all of us. Health officials have said that the recent measles outbreak was easily preventable if more children had been vaccinated.
Anti-vaxxers have found a way to prevail with their antiquated mindset, and the entire public is suffering because of it.
All states need to tighten up on this issue and limit the number of exemptions that are granted to every family.
If vaccination rates returned to nearly 100 percent, we can once again live in a world where measles are eradicated.
Until then, we’ll have to deal with this debate—even if it makes us sick to our stomachs.