Antivaxxers on the rise in California

By Phil Plait | March 31, 2009 2:00 pm

I don’t think I need to go into details about how truly awful the antivaccination movement is, since I’ve hammered it so many times before. But just to let you know how pervasive and dangerous this borderline cult is, here’s an article in the LA Times about how more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids when they go to school, specifically because of the fear of autism. It’s a chilling article, because it means that the lies told by the pro-disease movement are taking hold.

I’m glad I don’t have a child in the school system there. I imagine it’s only a matter of time before there’s a measles outbreak. We’ve seen it happen many times before, and we’ve also seen children permanently hurt and even killed because of it.

The antivaccination movement is wrong, it’s dangerous, and it’s putting kids at risk of death. It’s that simple.


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