The number of cases attributed to the Southern California measles outbreak is increasing by the day. This is unsurprising, given that measles is one of the most contagious diseases there is. Responsible for an average of 16 deaths every hour worldwide, it’s also a serious one. Measles has one redeeming quality, though: it can be prevented with a safe and very effective vaccine.
We’ll stop there in terms of facts, because if you’re reading this blog you probably already know the rest of the story as it’s unfolded so far. And being a public health communication firm full of science nerds, we certainly don’t need to tell you how we feel about vaccines.
So in lieu of rehashing the news, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite quotations from recent weeks related to the outbreak and the subsequent intensifying vaccine “debate.” Enjoy.
- “A family vacation, lunch out with friends, or a trip to the doctor or grocery store should not be the reason children become sick from a disease that’s almost entirely preventable.” — Dr. Tom Frieden, director of CDC
- “Efforts to combat these mistaken beliefs have made one thing clear: it’s much easier to scare people than it is to dispel fears, regardless of how dangerous and untrue they are.” — Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, writing for the New Yorker
- “If you want to do something natural, vaccination is far more natural than if your child ends up on a ventilator or needing antibiotics or if they end up with a brain infection so if you are trying to balance what’s the most natural way to take care of your child, I would say measles vaccine is pretty high up there.” — Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases and public health specialist
- “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest.” — Hillary Clinton, via Twitter
- “We have been a victim of our success, and people don’t realize how bad these diseases are.” — Dr. Thomas E. Dobbs III, Mississippi state epidemiologist
And one more thing — because we just can’t f**king help ourselves. You’re welcome.