Yes you read that correctly - terrorists are actually killing people who are providing vaccines. The latest attack in Pakistan resulted in the deaths of five teachers and two healthcare workers who were involved in providing polio vaccines. In the month prior, nine others were killed due to their affiliation with vaccinations.
So aside from senseless deaths, the effect of these killings is fewer people receiving their life saving vaccines. It means more children being infected with diseases which could have been prevented, and needless suffering and death. That may seem like an overreaction, but we need only look at the latest numbers of children dying from the measles in Pakistan to witness the impact.
Measles deaths have surged due in no small part to the lack of vaccines. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 306 children died of measles in 2012 up from only 64 the year before. Yet if you are to ask an anti-vaccinationist they will claim vaccines are harmful and that they don't even prevent disease. They will claim the only people pushing vaccines are those who stand to profit from them, and they will claim that people are better off if they never receive any vaccines at all.
Tell it to the families who have suffered from the loss of one of their own. Tell it to the healthcare workers who are putting their own lives on the line only to see ignorance and fear result in hundreds of senseless deaths. Tell it to the grieving mothers who have had to bury those 306 children.
The truth is, anti-vaxxers have a lot in common with terrorists. They both fear education. They both fear legitimate science. They both prey upon fear, and they both take drastic steps to prevent people from receiving vaccines. Thankfully the anti-vaccinationists in the US have yet to resort to murder in order to push their viewpoints, but when you deliberately mislead people about matters of life and death, perhaps they aren't that far off after all.
One thing you won't see from the anti-vaxxers is any talk about the violence against those who are working in areas like Pakistsan, India, or Afghanistan. You won't hear about the murders, and you won't hear about the growing numbers of children dying from preventable diseases. Once again, anti-vaxxers will do their best to avoid the difficult conversations as they continue on their mission to mislead the uninformed and as they refuse to accept responsibility for the true impacts of remaining ignorant.
It would seem anti-vaxxers have a lot more in common with terrorists than they would like to admit. They may claim they are warriors, but in the end they are still responsible for the deaths of children... and that is nothing to brag about.