Freedom Foundation of Minnesota. It was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and surrounds the subject of how misinformation has resulted in increased risk of vaccination-preventable diseases.
Minnesota has experienced several outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease in the past few years. As the article mentions, in 2011 Minnesota had the largest outbreak of measles in the entire nation which resulted in 14 children being hospitalized, but thankfully there were no deaths as a result. Minnesota has also recently experienced a surge in the number of cases of Pertussis, due in no small part to the number of children who have not received their complete dosage of vaccinations.
The article is a good read, and it serves as a reminder how previously generations had to deal with diseases such as smallpox and polio and how vaccines were seen as life-saving miracles. Although we are grateful that children today don't need to fear these diseases, many parents who grew up without the fear associated with a disease such as polio may not completely understand the many benefits of vaccines, and due to the ignorance surrounding vaccines, and the misinformation spread by anti-vaccinationists, Internet-educated "experts", and celebrities who have spent more time posing for topless photos than they have time in a laboratory or classroom, we are now seeing first hand some of the effects.
Full Article Here: Vaccination Fears Are Only Upping Danger