With more confirmed cases of measles so far this year than all of 2018, experts continue to urge parents to vaccinate their kids. So when one Wisconsin mom found out that her neighbor’s children were unvaccinated, she wrote a scathing letter warning other parents about the dangers of anti-vaxxers.
“Your neighbor does not believe in vaccinating herself or her family,” the letter, which was posted to Imgur on March 28, opens, with the neighbor’s name scribbled out. “This puts anyone at risk if they are medically fragile, immunocompromised, or out of date in their vaccinations.”
She then advises parents, “Please use caution when sharing work or personal space with this individual, eating foods prepared by this individual, or attending gatherings at this individual’s house if you or the people who are important to you fall into medically at-risk categories.”
Listing the 16 states where outbreaks have occurred (Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, California, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Minnesota, Colorado, and Pennsylvania), she points out that almost all of the cases were caused by unvaccinated individuals.
According to “Concerned Moms of Wisconsin,” anti-vaxxers have “caused hundreds of thousands of vaccine-preventable disease in recent years, costing several hundred million dollars around the globe, not including the costs associated with preventable deaths and disabilities.”
The letter also explains that “people who don’t believe in vaccines often hold other views that are at odds with widely accepted facts related to science and medicine,” and that parents should “protect yourself, your family, and your community by using caution when interacting with these people.”
While the mom’s note may seem particularly harsh, she also raises a valid concern as the CDC recently confirmed that there have now been 387 measles cases reported in the U.S., the second-highest since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000.