Charge Anti-Vaxxers Responsible for Measles Outbreak

Target: Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General

Goal: Punish the people spreading misinformation about vaccines, leading directly to the suffering of children.

Doubt about vaccines is nothing new and we’re finally beginning to see some consequences for the misinformation spread far too often. The Somali community in Minnesota has been particularly affected. The parents believed there to be a disproportionately large amount of children with autism in their communities, and believed the rumors about vaccines leading to autism in children, though this claim has no evidence to back it up. The anti-vaccine groups responsible for spreading these messages need to be punished for the diseases they’re bringing back.

Measles has technically been eliminated in the U.S. for years, but it still exists due to international travel. It’s very highly contagious and experts say that if an individual has it and the people around them are unvaccinated, 90% of those people will also become infected. There are already 48 measles patients in Minnesota, most of them children, and there will probably be many more. Children should not be dying from easily preventable diseases. Sign this petition to urge Minnesota’s government to take action against those spreading anti-vaccine propaganda.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Swanson,

Anti-vaccine propaganda has directly led to the hospitalization of dozens of children in Minnesota, most of them Somali immigrants. A large portion of them have gone unvaccinated because their parents have concerns about the safety of the vaccines, believing they cause autism. There’s no evidence for this, yet certain anti-vaccination propaganda groups keep spreading this misinformation and immigrants are particularly susceptible. Some may not speak fluent English or they could simply lack the community support that normalizes vaccines and herd immunity.

It’s a common misconception nowadays that because so many of the diseases we vaccinate against are now rare, that they don’t need to be vaccinated against. This couldn’t be further from the truth, of course. The diseases, such as the measles, are rare here only because so many people are vaccinated now and as more and more parents opt out of immunization for their children, the herd immunity will disappear. This is bad news for any people who aren’t able to receive the vaccines due to legitimate reasons, like compromised immune systems. The fear that children will develop autism as a result of vaccines is misguided. It can be traced back to certain groups spouting the ideology of Andrew Wakefield, a doctor who has been widely discredited for his faulty ideas about vaccines. Please punish people spreading anti-vaccine propaganda. It’s dangerous.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    This is about Islam refusing parents to vaccinate their children, they want to drag us all back to the Middle Ages. Sorry, they want to live in our country then they obey our laws.

  2. TruthSeeker says:

    Vaccines ARE BAD NEWS! I will be DAMNED if I sign this stinking rotten petition. Numerous people, especially children, have died horribly from vaccines, including people I personally knew. I will sign petitions to BAN vaccines, and give people FREEDOM of choice. Sanitation wipes out diseases, NOT vaccines.

    • Stacy Gardner says:

      That is utter bullshit. Maybe you should get out of our country to. I don’t want your damn diseases because you are misinformed.

      • So how informed are you? Do you know about the NVCIP – National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program? And the billions of dollars that vaccine corporations have paid out to families of vaccine-injured children? And their history of bullying of parents of vaccine-injured children? The book The Vaccine Court by Wayne Rohde explores this program.

  3. Stacy Gardner says:

    These people need to stay out of our country and stop bringing their diseases here. If they don’t get themselves or their children vaccinated against diseases then they need to be deported ASAP. We wouldn’t have half of the diseases we have now if they would stay out of our country with their diseases. If this sounds cold I don’t care it’s the solid truth. American people are who I’m concerned with. We should not have to be exposed to their sicknesses. This is the ONLY reason I’m signing this petition.

  4. HOWARD STAFFORD says:

    This is simply outrageous!! It is un-American and un-patriotic causing disease and even death to America. It should be mandatory for all to be vaccinated because of the need for “herd” immunity. Also I agree with 110% and copying Stacy Gardner’s post:

    Stacy Gardner
    May 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    These people need to stay out of our country and stop bringing their diseases here. If they don’t get themselves or their children vaccinated against diseases then they need to be deported ASAP. We wouldn’t have half of the diseases we have now if they would stay out of our country with their diseases. If this sounds cold I don’t care it’s the solid truth. American people are who I’m concerned with. We should not have to be exposed to their sicknesses. This is the ONLY reason I’m signing this petition.
    Thank you Stacy.

  5. ALL of the science on this, for years now, has shown that the anti-vaccination position belongs back with the flat Earth one! Allow new information to enter your mind, damn fools!

    • To claim that all the science supports vaccines is simply not true.
      And nasty name-calling doesn’t help your position. Why are some of the pro-vaccine commenters so verbally abusive? Please discuss issues respectfully. You won’t convince anyone of your position if you’re cruel and insulting.

  6. The person responsible for bringing the anti-vac message which caused outbreak is a British Dr. who lost his licence to practice medicine, not a Muslim, not a refugee from terror. Read real news and put your racism aside.

    • The anti-vax message has been around for decades. Many practicing doctors are anti-vax. You can google doctors against vaccines to find out more.

  7. caitlin caldwell says:

    The harmful chemicals and fillers need to be removed from vaccines. And then maybe parents will be more likely to vaccinate their children. It is completely understandable that they would not want to expose them to mercury and other compounds as such.

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