5 Stories That Should Make The Anti-Vax Movement Worry

The anti-vaccine movement has long been a fringe group of the American population. They believe that the vaccinations our kids receive cause autism and other scary diseases. What they don’t seem to realize, however, is that vaccines have saved countless lives and have virtually eradicated many diseases that would’ve been a death sentence a century ago. The risk of not getting vaccinated far exceeds whatever side effects the drugs may have.

If you’re thinking about jumping onto the anti-vaccine bandwagon, you might want to read on. The following are true stories about the consequences of not vaccinating your kids, or thinking vaccines are just a hoax brought on by greedy drug companies.

1. 2015 Disneyland Measles Outbreak


During the first half of 2015, young Disneyland visitors got more than just a picture with Mickey Mouse and stomach full of junk food. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an unvaccinated person likely came to the United States from overseas, carrying the measles virus. They then visited the Magic Kingdom, where they spread measles around to other unvaccinated individuals. The disease spreads via coughing or sneezing, and can live up to 2 hours in the airspace where someone coughed/sneezed.

What did the anti-vaccinated crowd get? 147 people got the measles from the outbreak, which was the worst one in the last 20 years. Luckily no one died.