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Recently Melissa Bowers wrote an article in the Lima News about the “Vaccination Epidemic” that is sweeping across the country. There is a very dangerous vaccination epidemic and that is caused by a vocal minority and a lack of knowledge on the subject. This epidemic is not getting children vaccinated.

The Anti-Vaccination movement started with a woman named Jenna McCarthy, former television and Playmate of the Year star, in the year 2007. She stated on national television that her son developed autism because of vaccinations.

Soon many more celebrities and prominent people started to believe her. There was one major flaw: There is no medical evidence to suggest that vaccines cause autism. The paper McCarthy used to support her ideas was fraudulent and the data was misrepresented.

There have been zero scientific papers linking vaccines to autism or any other harmful diseases. I would rather trust a reputable scientist rather than the Playmate of the Year. Since June 2007 there have been 1,385 preventable deaths. Every year vaccinations save 2 million to 3 million people a year. Right now the Columbus area has a mumps outbreak and the vocal minority is still preaching their ignorance about vaccinations.

The bottom line is simple, vaccinations save lives and increase life expectancy without causing adverse health effects. If you are unsure about any of this talk to a health professional, or go to the Food and Drug Administration or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites to get more information. As a parent and an adult you have the responsibility to get vaccinated and you also have the ability to stop the spread of false information.

— Matthew Schluneker, Elida

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